Powerful earthquake jolts Turkey and Greece, killing at least 14

Powerful earthquake jolts Turkey and Greece, killing at least 14

Jose Galeas, Writer

At least 14 people have been killed in Turkey and Greece after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a “mini tsunami.” 20 people were killed in Turkey’s west coastal areas and two teenagers died on a Greek island when a wall collapsed on them. In Turkey at least twelve buildings were destroyed in the city of Izmir. And images show cars buried in the rubble with people digging through the disaster in look for survivors. At least 522 people have been injured and dozens of people have been saved by rescue teams. 114 aftershocks have been confirmed and rescue operations are digging through 17 buildings and four are collapsed. Among Turkey’s injured five people are being operated on and eight are in intensive care. TV footage showed water flooding through the streets of Cesme and Seferihisar in parts of Turkey’s wider Izmir province, as well as on the Greek island of Samos, in what officials described as a “mini tsunami.” No tsunami warnings were issued. Shops in Izmir have been flooded and their goods damaged. People are concerned about there being another tsunami. Rescue teams are trying hard to save the people in the buildings. The U.S. measured that the tremor’s magnitude was 7.0 but Turkish authorities said it was 6.6.  Authorities in both Turkey and Greece have reported multiple aftershocks. People have been told by Greek authorities to stay away from the shore and buildings and to be on alert for high waves as aftershocks continue.