Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 rattles Turkey, Greek islands; two killed, several injured

Two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the Island in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

AFP July 21, 2017 08:01:08 IST
Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 rattles Turkey, Greek islands; two killed, several injured

Bodrum, Turkey: At least two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the popular summer resort holiday destinations of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

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The epicentre of the quake was approximately 10.3 kilometres south of the major Turkish resort of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers in the summer, and 16.2 kilometres east of the island of Kos in Greece, the US Geological Survey said.

It had a depth of 10 kilometres, USGS said.

Two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos, a hospital official on the island told AFP, saying they had been killed when the ceiling of a building collapsed.

Emergency services said the affected area was a bar in the centre of Kos town. There was no immediate information on the identity of the dead.

The mayor of Kos Georges Kyritsis said several people were injured.

In the Turkish resort of Bodrum, television pictures showed throngs of worried residents and holidaymakers in the streets.

"The biggest problem at the moment are electricity cuts in certain areas (of the city)", Bodrum mayor Mehmet Kocadon told NTV.

Reports said the state hospital in Bodrum was evacuated after cracks appeared, with incoming patients being examined in a garden outside.

The governor of the southern Mugla province — where Bodrum is located — said some people had been slightly injured after falling out of windows in panic.

The quake was also felt on the Datca peninsula — also a major resort area — as well as Turkey's third city of Izmir on the Aegean to the north.

Turkish television said the earthquake triggered high waves off Gumbet near Bodrum which flooded the road and left parked cars stranded. There were no reports of casualties.

An AFP correspondent holidaying in Bodrum said the quake was followed by aftershocks.

"The bed shook a lot. Some bottles fell and broke in the kitchen and the patio", said Turkish pensioner Dilber Arikan, who has a summer house in the area.

The quake was also felt on the Greek island of Rhodes.

"We were very surprised. We were scared and we immediately went outside", Teddy Dijoux, who was holidaying with his family at a Rhodes resort, told AFP.

This year alone, Turkey's western Aegean coast was hit by several significant earthquakes, which brought back memories of past deadly earthquakes.

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