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6.7 Magnitude Quake Hits Greece, Turkey

Kos (July 21, 2017): At least two people were killed and dozens injured on the Greek Island of Kos after a strong earthquake measuring a magnitude of  6.7 struck off near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Aegean sea in the early hours of Friday.

According to the details, a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.  The quake effects were felt in Turkish town of Bodrum and on the Greek holiday island of Rhodes.

Mild tsunami was reported on the Turkish coast. A half-meter waves were triggered by the quake, washing over parts of the island and inundating the foreshore of the Turkish resort city of Bodrum.

Beachfront hotels full of British holidaymakers were flooded in the coastal city of Marmaris, Turkey, while the effects were also felt on islands such as Crete and Rhodes.

George Kyritsis, the mayor of Kos, said that at least two people were killed in the Greek island and several were injured by the quake. “We have two dead and some people injured so far,” Kyritsis said.

The chairman of Turkey’s disaster and emergency management presidency (AFAD), Mehmet Halis Bilden, warned citizens about incoming aftershocks, but added there were no casualties or major damage in Turkey.

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