- The damage was centered in Izmir.
- Rescuers were searching the rubble.
- There were reports of a tsunami.
Rescuers raced to search through the rubble of several collapsed buildings after a major earthquake that killed at least four people in Turkey Friday.
The quake was given a preliminary magnitude rating of 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 2:51 p.m. local time and was centered in the Aegean Sea about 8.5 miles northeast of Neon Karlovasion, on the north side of the island of Samos, off the coast of Turkey.
Four people were dead and more than 150 injured, Turkey’s disaster agency said in a news release. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing in 12 buildings in Izmir. The agency said there had been at least 33 aftershocks.
A government official said 70 people had been pulled from debris, Anadolu news agency reported.
Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city, with a population of about 4.5 million. Residents were warned not to enter damaged buildings, and to stay off roads so that emergency crews and rescue personnel could quickly access affected areas.
Video posted on Twitter showed people climbing on the rubble.
Another video showed clouds of dust rising into the air across Izmir.
Local news said there were reports of large waves on Samos. A tsunami warning was issued, and residents of Samos were urged to stay away from the coastline, The Associated Press reported. A video posted to Twitter showed water rushing through streets. A translation of the description reads: “After the earthquake in Seferihisar, Izmir, the sea overflowed. We were stuck in the upper floors. There is a lot of damage.”
Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas told Greek state television ERT that it was to soon to know if other earthquakes would follow.
“It is an event that is evolving,” Lekkas said, according to the AP.
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