A massive earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.0 struck the Aegean Sea on Friday. Turkey and Greece received the maximum impact according to local and international observatories.
Locals share videos of people out in the streets of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir post the earthquake.
Turkish media broadcast videos of a collapsed multi-story building in central Izmir, with people climbing out. Smoke was seen in several parts of the city.
Images on social media showed water rushing through the streets of Izmir from an apparent sea surge.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu informed that six buildings had collapsed in Izmir’s Bayraklı and Bornova districts. Minor damage was reported in surrounding provinces, including Uşak, Denizli, Manisa, Balıkesir, Aydın and Muğla.
Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, was quoted claiming that the number of collapsed buildings was “close to 20.”
Shortly after the earthquake, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mobilized all government agencies.
“We stand with all our citizens affected by the earthquake with all means possible. All our respective institutes and ministers have been mobilized,” he said.
At least four people have died and 120 injured in the earthquake, Turkey’s health minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted
This is a developing story.
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