Magnitude-7.0 earthquake hits Turkey and Greece, triggers tsunami

by Joel Abbott · Oct 30th, 2020 11:23 am
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Last Updated Oct 30th, 2020 at 11:09 pm

A strong earthquake rocked the coastline of Turkey and Greece Friday, collapsing buildings and triggering a tsunami that flooded coastal towns.

The magnitude-7.0 quake originated 11 miles north of the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, about 22 miles off the Turkish coast. The hardest-hit city was the Turkish city of Izmir, where at least 20 buildings collapsed.

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Following the quake, a tsunami hit the coastline, pushing surging floodwaters through residential neighborhoods.

The Turkish government and the Turkish Red Cross have sent disaster teams to the region. The government of Greece has also pledged aid to Turkey in search and rescue efforts. It is unknown how many people are trapped under rubble at this time. Early reports have indicated at least four dead and 120 injured.

"We stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted Friday. "We have taken action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers."


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