6.6 Magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, 27 dead & several injured

6.6 Magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, 27 dead & several injured
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ANKARA [TURKEY], OCTOBER 31: At least 27 people have died and several injured after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey’s western coast and parts of Greece on Friday, the Disaster Management Agency Authority (AFAD) said early on Saturday.

The AFAD reported that the earthquake struck at 2.51 p.m. local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometers (10 miles).

“435 people are receiving treatment, while 25 are in intensive care and nine are undergoing surgeries. 364 were discharged from hospitals, having completed treatment, and medical and rescue teams continue to work in Izmir to alleviate the pain,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The videos capturing the scale of destruction shows entire building blocks being reduced to rubble, people running out of buildings in sheer panic, and water gushing through the streets in coastal towns after a Tsunami alert.

Much of the damage occurred in and around Aegean resort city of Izmir, which has three million residents (Turkey’s third-largest city by population) and is filled with high-rise apartment blocks.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed solidarity and said Turkey stands by its ‘citizens affected by the earthquake’, Anadolu News Agency reported.

More than 800 people were injured in Turkey earthquake, and the area had been hit by some 520 aftershocks, the country’s disaster agency said.

Friday’s earthquake has flattened at least 20 buildings in Izmir.

Environment Minister Murat Kurum said about 100 people had been freed so far.

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