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Two Killed as Strong Earthquake Hits Greece, Turkey

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A village in Greece

Picturesque village in Greece. Photo: Mariamichelle (Pixabay).

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – At least two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos on Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the popular summer resort holiday destinations of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

The island of Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit. Giorgos Halkidios, Kos regional government official, said the number of injured was more than 100.

“Two or three of them are in serious condition and are in surgery,” he said.

He said the injured included people who were underneath a building that collapsed. Ferry services were suspended due to damage at Kos’s main port, where a 14th-century fortress also was damaged. A minaret from an old mosque also was damaged, Al Jazeera reported.

Minor damage – cracks in buildings, smashed windows and trashed shops – appeared widespread, according to city officials.

“The rest of the island has no problem. It’s only the main town that has a problem,” Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told state-run Greek media. “The buildings affected were mostly old, and were built before the earthquake building codes were introduced.”

The epicentre of the quake was approximately 10.3 kilometers south of the major Turkish resort of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers in the summer, and 16.2 kilometers east of the island of Kos in Greece, the US Geological Survey said.

It had a depth of 10 kilometers, USGS said.

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Tasnim News Agency

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