A strong earthquake shakes Greece and Turkey

An earthquake with a magnitude between 6.6 and 6.8 on the Richter scale shook the Greek island of Samos, in the east of the country, and the Aegean coast of Turkey this Friday, as reported by the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens and the official Turkish agency Anadolu.

Apparently, in both countries the existence of victims has not been confirmed, although local media speak of significant material damage in both Greece and Turkey, including the collapse of several buildings. In Greece, the earthquake reached a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale and occurred at 13.51 local time (11.51 GMT), as reported by the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens. Local media mention that the institute has raised the magnitude to 6.7.

The earthquake was felt in Turkey with a magnitude of 6.8, according to the official Anadolu agency, which has assured that it affected the Aegean coast, causing serious material damage, although at the moment no victims have been reported. In the case of Greece, several testimonies from islanders on Helena public television, ERT, mention significant material damage in the area.

The epicenter of the telluric movement is in the Aegean Sea, about 17 kilometers from the Seferihisar district, in the Turkish city of Izmir. The shaking has been noted in much of the western provinces of Turkey and the nearby Greek islands.

The government of the Turkish province of Izmir has stated in a statement that, for the moment, no victims have been reported, although at least ten buildings have collapsed in the Bayrakli neighborhood, according to the NTV station.

"There are buildings that have collapsed, but for now we cannot speak of injuries or deaths. We are investigating it," Büsra Gökçe, an official of the Izmir city council, told Efe by phone. For its part, the CNNTürk station reports on five strong aftershocks of the earthquake.

"I was in a restaurant. We are terribly shocked. We ran, a building has collapsed before my eyes," businessman Özgür Aktepe, a resident of Izmir, tells Efe by phone.

The earthquake lasted more than 30 seconds in the Greek area and has been felt throughout the country, including the capital, Athens, which is more than 300 kilometers from Samos, according to the vice mayor of that town, Mijalis, told ERT. Mitsiós.

Greek Civil Protection has sent a warning of a possible tsunami through emergency service 112 and the regional government of the North Aegean asked residents to avoid driving on the roads parallel to the sea. The earthquake had a focal depth of 10 kilometers.

According to the professor of Geodynamics at the University of Athens Efthymios Lekas, although it is still too early to know for sure, it is likely that it is the main earthquake and later there will only be replicas.

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