Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, October 31
At least eight buildings collapsed on Friday as a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 27 people.
Buildings were seen toppling in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, and triggering a small tsunami in the district of Seferihisar and on Samos. The quake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks.
My heart goes out to everyone impacted by this terrible #Earthquake in Turkey and Greece. 🇹🇷 🇬🇷
Yet another tragedy during these difficult times. Compassion, humanity and hope, must drive us forward at this time.
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 30, 2020
Meanwhile, early on Saturday, onlookers cheered as rescuers lifted teenager Inci Okan out of the rubble of a devastated eight-floor apartment block in Izmir’s Bayrakli district.
The people of Izmir, Turkey rescue people trapped under the rubble from Today’s earthquake and express their happiness after finding them safe 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/zfKTc8CY7t
— Suribelle (@Suribelle1) October 30, 2020
— Taqi (@Tauqeer_sheraz) October 31, 2020
Her dog, Fistik, was also rescued, Sozcu newspaper reported. Friends and relatives waited outside the building for news of loved ones still trapped inside, including employees of a dentist’s surgery that was located on the ground floor.
— ibrAhim Khan (@Ibrahimkhan0317) October 30, 2020
In another collapsed building, rescuers made contact with a 38-year-old woman and her four children — aged 3, 7 and 10-year old twins — and were working to clear a corridor to bring them out, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
— 🅣🅐🅡🅤🅝 🅡🅔🅓🅓🅨 (@ganda_tarun) October 31, 2020
Two other women, aged 53 and 35, were brought out from the rubble of another toppled two-story building earlier on Saturday.
In all, around 100 people have been rescued since the earthquake, Murat Kurum, the environment and urban planning minister, told reporters.
At least 25 people were killed in Izmir, including an elderly woman who drowned, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD.
— Talat (@MeTalatK) October 31, 2020
The earthquake, which the Istanbul-based Kandilli Institute said had a magnitude of 6.9, was centred in the Aegean northeast of Samos. AFAD said it measured 6.6. and hit at a depth of some 16 kilometers (10 miles).
It was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as Athens and in Bulgaria. With inputs from Reuters