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7.0-magnitude earthquake rocks Turkey and Greek island

On Friday afternoon, both Greece and Turkey were struck by a powerful earthquake; resulting in crashing building and at least 27 deaths.

Two deaths were reported from the island Samos in Greece, where a wall had caved in on top of two teenagers; and 25 deaths were reported in the coastal region of Izmir, in the west of Turkey.

Striking at a depth of six miles, the tremors were reported to have reached even Istanbul and Athens. Approximately 470 aftershocks have since been reported to officials, more than 30 of which are measured to be of a magnitude greater than 4.0.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) marks the quake occurring at a magnitude of 7.0, whereas Turkey marks it as occurring at a magnitude of 6.6.

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With tremors peaking to a magnitude of 6.7, eight people were reported to have been injured on the island of Samos, with extensive damage having occurred along the seafront where a mini-tsunami had flooded the port and caused extensive damage to buildings in the town.

In Turkey, helicopters and diggers were used to help rescuers save those who were trapped under rubble as nearly two dozen building had collapsed from the severity of the tremors. With 804 left injured, the Turkish President had reported that five victims were still in surgery at the time, with eight more being treated in intensive care.

Videos have been uploaded to the internet where locals of Izmir can be seen searching for survivors and reacting to the sea-level rising in the aftermath.

There are fishermen also being reported missing in Izmir.

Locals of Samos expect many businesses of the coastal locality to be negatively impacted by the aftermath of the earthquake.

Residents of both localities have been advised to stay away from areas near the coasts and clear the roads so that response teams can quickly reach emergency areas to provide help.

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