BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A powerful earthquake was reported in the eastern Mediterranean on Friday, causing significant damage to several areas, including the densely populated Turkish city of Izmir.
The number of injured in the Izmir earthquake, which struck the Aegean Sea, rose to 419, as search and rescue operations continued to recover the rest of the victims.
The country’s Emergency and Crisis Agency said that the victims of the earthquake, which also caused a partial tsunami, had risen to 12 people.
The 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck 17 kilometers from the coast of the city of Safri Hisar in the state of Izmir, and at a depth of 16.54 kilometers below the surface of the earth.
The Turkish Disaster Management Department urgently sent emergency aid to be used in the activities carried out in the region, as 3 coordination trucks headed from the neighboring states to Izmir.
The earthquake resulted in the collapse of 6 buildings in the western city of Izmir, in a preliminary outcome revealed by the Minister of the Interior, while the mayor of Izmir said that “there are reports about the collapse of about 20 buildings in the state due to the earthquake.”
Neighboring Greece also suffered significant damage as a result of the earthquake, as the country’s civil defense teams help the victims affected by this natural disaster.