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Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Hits Turkey And Greece

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An earthquake reaching 7.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Aegean Sea Friday and was felt in both Turkey and Greece, multiple observatories said.

The quake was felt in Izmir, a coastal city in western Turkey, where people took to the streets to survey any structural damage. One building collapsed in the central part of the city, footage from state broadcaster TRT Haber showed.

While Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said that the earthquake was a 6.6 on the scale, the U.S. Geological Survey listed the quake as a 7.0. At least six people were killed and 202 were injured in the coastal city, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

At least 70 people have been rescued from collapsed buildings, said Izmir Gov. Yavuz Selim Kosger. He added that four buildings were completely destroyed and that over 10 collapsed.

A small tsunami also struck part of the city, resulting in four injuries and one death, according to USA Today.

The earthquake hit at approximately 7:50 a.m. EST and was felt along most of the Aegean coast, according to NBC News.

The earthquake’s epicenter was about 33 km off Turkey’s coast and occurred at approximately 10 km below the surface, according to the USGS, and was felt as far away as Bulgaria and Istanbul, according to the LA Times(RELATED: A 3.1 Earthquake Hit New Jersey In September)

“It’s a very big earthquake, it’s difficult to have a bigger one,” Eftyhmios Lekkas, who leads Greece’s anti-seismic efforts, told Greece’s Skai TV.

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