Strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0 shakes Turkey and Greece (PHOTOS + VIDEOS)

A strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea shook Turkey and Greece About 20 buildings in Turkey collapsed in the earthquake, acc...

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  • A strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea shook Turkey and Greece
  • About 20 buildings in Turkey collapsed in the earthquake, according to the mayor of the city of Izmir
  • So far no fatalities have been reported

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey’s interior minister reports that six buildings in the western Izmir province were destroyed, according to The Associated Press.

Turkey’s Presidency of Emergency and Disaster Management said Friday’s earthquake targeted the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and was recorded at a magnitude of 6.6.

The emergency authority said it sent search and rescue teams to Izmir.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of the Greek island of Samos. However, the United States Geological Survey indicated that the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0.

Turkish media showed the remains of a multi-story building in the center of Izmir, and people went up to start rescue efforts.

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Turkish media showed that at least one woman was helped out of the rubble of a building collapsed in the earthquake.
Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk that about 20 buildings collapsed. The city is the third largest in Turkey with around 4.5 million inhabitants.

Turkey’s interior minister tweeted that six buildings in Izmir were destroyed. He said there were small cracks in some buildings in six other provinces. The Izmir governor said there was no immediate information on victims.

Turkish media said the earthquake was felt in the Aegean and Marmara regions, including Istanbul. The governor of Istanbul said there were no reports of damage in the city.

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The earthquake was felt in the eastern islands of Greece and even in the Greek capital, Athens.

Greek media said residents of Samos and other islands fled their homes, while some rockslides were reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Both Turkey and Greece reported aftershocks from the strong earthquake. The earthquake was also felt in Bulgaria.

Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas told Greek state television ERT that it was still too early to say whether this was the main earthquake, although he said it likely was.

“It’s an evolving event,” Lekkas said, adding that some damage had been reported in parts of Samos.

A tsunami warning was issued, and residents of the Samos area were told to stay away from the coast.

The water rose over the quay in the main port of Samos and flooded the street, carrying numerous large objects with it.

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The regional governor of the Samos region, Yiannis Stamoulis, said there were no reports wounded on the island.

Residents have also been told to stay away from buildings, as aftershocks continue to shake the area.

The earthquake is a natural phenomenon, obviously we cannot avoid them, and we cannot predict them yet. This sudden shaking of the earth can be very dangerous depending on the magnitude of the movement. So the best way to avoid large losses is to inform ourselves and prepare for any contingency.

Many of the Latin American countries are located in the so-called Ring of Fire. Precisely, the coasts of the Pacific Ocean are characterized by high seismic activity. The movements of the South American and Caribbean plates also affect Latin American countries.

What to do in the event of an earthquake?

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for the prevention and information in case of earthquakes. These are the things to consider:

It is important to always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified.
In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.
Get down and cover yourself. The most important thing is that you protect yourself.
Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside.
If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles.
Protect your head with your arms.
If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights.

Civil Protection of Mexico also included in the list of things you must do prior to an earthquake that it is important to put together an emergency kit that contains:

A list of emergency phone numbers.
First aid kit with primary health care items.
Portable radio with batteries.
Battery powered flashlight.
Important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds.

What things should NOT be done?

Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake.
Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate use flashlights.
Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm.
Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.

It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation.

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