Ankara: A strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and inflicted damage in both Greece and Turkey, where buildings collapsed and people were trapped in the rubble.
People flooded into the streets in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit, witnesses said.
Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building in the city’s centre with people climbing it to reach rescuers. Smoke was seen in several spots in the city.
Images on social media showed water rushing through the streets of Izmir from an apparent sea surge.
No casualties were immediately reported.
“So far, we have received information about six collapsed buildings” in Izmir province, which includes the city, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter.
Environment Minister Murat Kurum said he knew of five collapsed buildings. “Some of our fellow citizens are stuck in the rubble,” he said.
The quake triggered a small-scale tsunami in Seferihisar, Huseyin Alan, head of Turkey’s Chamber of Geological Engineers, told state news agency TRT, warning people to stay away from buildings.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.6, while the US Geological Survey said it was 7.0. It struck at around 11:50 GMT and was felt along Turkey’s Aegean coast and the northwestern Marmara region, local media said.