Strong quake hits coastal Turkey and Greece
“It was a very big earthquake, it’s difficult to have a bigger one,” said Eftyhmios Lekkas, head of Greece’s organization for anti-seismic planning.
Oct. 30, 2020, 7:58 AM CDT / Updated Oct. 30, 2020, 9:00 AM CDT
By Saphora Smith and Reuters
ISTANBUL — A strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, toppling buildings in the Turkish city of Izmir and shaking others along the coast into neighboring Greece.
Images posted on social media showed one building in Sakarya Street in Izmir city entirely collapsed with people climbing over the wreckage that was strewn with what appeared to be clothes and household objects. Video posted on Twitter appeared to show debris strewn across a central Izmir boulevard.
It was not clear how many people were trapped under the rubble in Izmir, the city’s mayor, Tunç Soyer, told NBC News. Soyer said at least 20 buildings had collapsed in the city.
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