A severe earthquake in the Aegan Sea has rattled Greece and areas of western Turkey, collapsing buildings and killing at least 19 people.
The magnitude 7.0 quake reportedly caused several buildings to collapse in Turkey's Izmir Province and north of Greek island of Samos, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Official said on the Turkey’s side, at least 17 people died and at least 709 were injured and on Greece’s side, two teenagers died.
A wounded woman in Turkey hugging her relative after being rescued from debris of a building in Bornova District of Izmir
Some were saved by rescue teams using diggers and helicopters.
About 2000 people became homeless and there’s fear that other buildings could collapse.
Authorities are working on setting up a tent area to house all those homeless people.
A damaged building in Turkey, after the earthquake
The district of Seferihisar was struck by a small tsunami that sent seawater inland, flooding streets and leaving behind debris and fish.
Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he had called Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer “condolences”.
People standing outside their home in Turkey
“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” he said.
Erdogan responded to the tweet with his thanks and offered his condolences too.
“Turkey, too, is always ready to help Greece heal its wounds. That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life,” he wrote.