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Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey and Greek islands

Turkey and Greece were battered by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake today that destroyed buildings on the Turkish mainland and sent people fleeing from their homes on the Greek islands.    

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 10.3 miles.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had an epicentre eight miles from of the Greek island of Samos.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean today

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean today

Turkish broadcasters showed a wrecked building is western Izmir province. The governor said there was no immediate information on casualties and damage.

Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. Istanbul’s governor said there were no reports of damage.

The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the Greek capita,l Athens. Greek media said the residents of Samos and other islands fled their homes, while some rockfalls were reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Both countries reported aftershocks.

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