Major 7.0 earthquake rocks Greek islands, Turkey; death toll at 19

Major 7.0 earthquake rocks Greek islands, Turkey; death toll at 19
7.0 earthquake north of Samos Island, 30 Oct 2020. USGS map and location data.

[Ed. – There appears to be more building infrastructure to get through, especially in Turkey, so unfortunately the number may increase.  The earthquake was closest to the Greek island of Samos, just off Turkey’s West coast, but the population density in Turkey is significantly higher.  Turkey’s geological service reported an intensity of 6.9, but USGS put it at 7.0.]

A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 700 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, officials said.

A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir, the city in western Turkey that was the worst affected by the quake …

At least 17 people were killed in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, including one who drowned, and 709 were injured, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD. …

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On Samos, two teenagers died after being struck by a wall that collapsed. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted condolences, saying “Words are too poor to describe what one feels before the loss of children.”

At least 19 people were injured on the island, with two, including a 14-year-old, being airlifted to Athens and seven hospitalized on the island, health authorities said.

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