On Friday, October 30th, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Istanbul Turkey and the Greek island of Samos. 62 people were killed in Turkey while only two teens, one boy, and one girl were killed on Greek island Samos by a falling wall while the epicenter was in the Aegean sea. In the city of Izmir, Turkey, 20 buildings collapsed and photographs show that cars were crushed by them. 940 people were injured in Turkey and dozens are being saved by diggers and helicopters. There have also been over 900 aftershocks with 42 being a 4.0 magnitude and there have been many search and rescue operations underway.
There have been many accounts of flooding in Turkey and Samos due to what authorities call “Mini Tsunami’s”. In some parts of Turkey and Greece, the flooding has done more damage than the earthquake itself. Many shops in Turkey have been flooded with their goods and items damaged. Many photographs show people in anguish and grief due to loved ones and houses being killed or destroyed.
Some very lucky people have escaped serious injury or death narrowly by fleeing from collapsing buildings. Residents have been told to stay off roads and not to use mobile phones when not necessary so that emergency responders could reach areas affected by the earthquake and so that response teams could communicate effectively. In Greece, many old buildings have collapsed on the island of Samos. Despite tensions between Turkey and Greece, as well as Turkey and France, Greece and France have reached out to Turkey after the earthquake in case Turkey needs any help at all.