According to the latest reports, 26 people were killed and 800 injured in the earthquake that struck İzmir city in Turkey on Friday. In the early hours of Saturday there were aftershocks measuring 5.0 in magnitude. As rescue operations continue, 100 people have been saved from the wreckages.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.6 and the epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of the Seferihisar disrict of İzmir city.
Kandilli Observatory has shared different data showing the magnitude of the earthquake to be 6.9. The United States Geological Survey (USSG) announced that the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0.
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After the first earthquake, around 489 aftershocks occurred, one of which had a reported magnitude of 5.0. The earthquakes were felt in cities around İzmir and also in İstanbul.
It has been reported that several buildings collapsed in the Bayraklı and Buca districts of İzmir, with many more damaged. In addition, sea levels rose in the Seferihisar district, leading to flooding in the streets.
İzmir depreminde tsunaminin vurduğu Seferihisar’a acil yardım ekipleri yönlendirilmeli!pic.twitter.com/2dOLXeqz9u
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100 people saved
Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment and Urbanisation, said there were several people caught under the wreckage. He also said that 100 people have been rescued as of Saturday.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality chair Tunç Soyer made a statement saying they recieved 20 calls relating to collapsed houses. Soyer also stated that 300 tents would be set up in the Bayraklı district and announced emergency assembly areas. The aim is for 2,000 tents to eventually be set up in the city.
Vatandaşlarımızın ihtiyaçlarını karşılamak üzere oluşturduğumuz toplanma alanları ve alanlarda yer alan servislerimizin güncel halini bu tabloda görebilirsiniz. pic.twitter.com/VzocHGR1qD
— Tunç Soyer (@tuncsoyer) October 30, 2020
The AFAD warned that people should avoid entering the damaged buildings.
According to the AFAD’s statement, search and rescue teams and first aid teams have been deployed to the region.
In addition, staff and vehicles from nearby cities have also been deployed to the city.
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The earthquake also struck Greece’s islands.
There were deaths and injuries in Samos, including two students who died while trapped under wreckage.
Several buildings collapsed.