Saturday, 31 October 2020 11:58

US and Turkish services’ data on magnitude differ

A strong earthquake took place yesterday at the Aegean coast of Turkey and to the north of the Greek island of Samos, which destroyed buildings and killed at least 22 people, the BBC reported.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake with a magnitude  of 7.0 occurred in the area of the Turkish province of Izmir.

However, Turkey recorded a magnitude below 6.6, saying 20 people were killed and 786 injured in Izmir province. Two teenagers died on Greek Samos.

Small earthquake shocks triggered mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos.

Authorities in Izmir, the provincial capital, are currently setting up a tent city to house about 2,000 people overnight amid fears that other buildings could collapse.

Authorities said 70 people were rescued from the rubble.

Rescuers continue to dig concrete blocks after it gets dark, hoping to find more survivors.

The US geological survey said the earthquake, which was felt even in Athens and Istanbul, occurred at a depth of 10 km (six miles), although Turkish officials said it occurred at a depth of 16 km underground.

Both Turkey and Greece are located on fault lines, and earthquakes are of common occurrence here, the BBC reports.


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