Earthquake in Turkey on July 21 2017 02:57 AM (UTC).
Two strong aftershocks have struck the Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other, sending startled residents and tourists scurrying away from homes and restaurants. A 4.4 magnitude tremor struck Saturday night at 8.09pm local time (6.09pm BST), followed by a 4.6 magnitude shock 16 minutes later, according to the Athens Geodynamics Institute. The first one was closest to the island, 13 miles to the northeast at a depth of 6 miles. Worried residents and tourists gathered in the middle of the town's main square, as far away as possible from buildings, with some taking to social media to say they believed another earthquake was happening. The tremors are among the strongest aftershocks since an earthquake that killed two men on Kos and injured nearly 500 other people across the Aegean Sea region in the early hours of Friday morning. Hundreds of residents and tourists spent Friday night sleeping outdoors on the island, too afraid to return to their homes or hotels after the quake. Many camped out in parks or olive groves, or slept in their cars or on beaches and even sunbeds. During the day in Kos, churches, an old mosque, the port's 14th-century castle and other old buildings that suffered in the quake were being checked by archaeologists and experts from Greece's Culture Ministry. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake Friday at magnitude 6.7, with Greek and Turkish estimates a fraction lower. Two men, a Turk and a Swede, were killed when a wall collapsed into a popular bar in the Old Town of Kos. The most seriously injured in Greece were airlifted to hospitals on the mainland and the southern island of Crete, and at least two were still in critical condition Saturday.
A powerful overnight earthquake shook holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey, injuring nearly 500 people and leaving two tourists dead on the Greek island of Kos, where revelers at a bar were crushed in a building collapse. Some of the injuries were caused as tourists and local residents scrambled out of buildings and even leapt from balconies after the 6.5-magnitude quake struck at about 1:30 a.m. local time. Several hundred thousand vacationers and locals in the two countries were kept awake by dozens of aftershocks that followed the main quake, with many sleeping outdoors on sunbeds or slumped on cafe tables. Authorities on Kos said the two dead tourists were from Sweden and Turkey. Thirteen others injured were airlifter to other Greek hospitals, include a foreign national who had to have a leg amputated and another with life-threatening head injuries. In neighboring Turkey, authorities said some 350 people were hurt, most with light injuries as they fled buildings. Seismologists said the shallow depth of the quake was to blame for the damage and a 60 centimeter (2-foot) sea swell that scattered cars, boats, and trash bins across shorelines in the east Aegean Sea. Hundreds of revelers were in or near the popular White Corner Club - housed in a renovated building dating to the 1930s - in the old town of Kos when the building partially collapsed. Christopher Hackland, a Scottish diving instructor, described the chaotic scene at his hotel when the quake struck. "There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans were making noise," he told The Associated Press. "There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel. It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you're upside down." Turkey sent a vessel to Kos to bring some 200 Turkish tourists home, and named the dead tourist as Sinan Kurdoglu. The foreign ministry said a second national in serious condition was being evacuated to Athens for treatment. The quake on Kos damaged churches, an old mosque, and the port's 14th century castle, along with old buildings in the town - but the damage was relatively limited. Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis said strict building codes have been in force for decades following a deadly earthquake in 1933 that flattened the island's main town. "There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes," the mayor said. Before dawn rescue teams with sniffer dogs searched the rubble in the town while dozens of villages were also checked - but found no more injured people. The quake caused cracks on walls of some buildings in the Turkish resort of Bodrum, flooded the lower floors of sea-front hotels and restaurants and sent moored boats crashing toward the shore. The Istanbul-based Kandilli earthquake research center said the small "tsunami" pushed sea water up 100 meters (yards) inland.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Turkish citizen was killed on the Greek island of Kos during the powerful earthquake that struck the area overnight. The ministry said Friday that a second Turkish national was in serious condition and was being evacuated to Athens for treatment. It did not identify the victim, saying authorities were still trying to reach his or her family members. Turkish authorities have sent a 250-person vessel from the Turkish resort of Bodrum to Kos to start evacuating some 200 Turkish tourists stranded on the island, the ministry also said. It said Greek authorities had granted the ship special permission to approach a pier at Kos where the port and customs building was damaged. Kos is a popular destination for Turkish visitors.
Two people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Greek islands and Turkey, triggering a tsunami. Greek authorities confirmed the victims of the 6.5-magnitude quake, both men, were from Turkey and Sweden. Their names have yet to be released. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at around 1am local time on Friday morning, rattling the Greek holiday resort of Kos, damaging buildings and the main port. A small tsunami flooded parts of the island as well as the Turkish town of Bodrum. The island's regional governor said the "main priority at the moment is saving lives" with at least 20 people in hospital with serious injuries. More than 120 people were wounded on Kos while a further 70 people suffered injuries in Bodrum. While other islands and Turkey's Aegean coast were hit, Kos bore the brunt of the quake as it was nearest to the epicentre, with all of the deaths and injuries reported there. Fallen bricks and other debris coated many streets, and the island's seafront road. Giorgos Hadjimarkos, regional governor, said four or five of the injuries were "worrying" and damaged buildings were being inspected. The Kos hospital said at least 20 of the injured had broken bones. A wall collapsed on a building dating to the 1930s, crushing people who were at the bar in the building's lower level, according to Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis. Kos's "old town" area was littered with broken stone in the streets. Hotels had shattered glass and other damage, leaving hundreds of tourists to spend the rest of the night sleeping on beach loungers. "There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards," said Christopher Hackland from Edinburgh, who is a scuba instructor on Kos. "There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel." Authorities had given advance warning of a tsunami, and witnesses described a "swelling" of the sea after the earthquake. A seafront road and parts of the island's main town were flooded, and the rising seawater pushed a boat onto the main road, causing several cars to slam into each other. Ferry services were cancelled until daylight because Kos's main port was damaged, and at least one ferry en route to the port was unable to dock. Other buildings damaged included an old mosque where a minaret collapsed and a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to the main port. Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night and were heading to outlying villages to check for damage. Greek officials said aftershocks that struck were weaker but still could put at risk the buildings that were already damaged. The epicentre was 6 miles south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles east-northeast of Kos at a depth of 6 miles. In Turkey, the ensuing panic caused minor injuries, according to Esengul Civelek, governor of Mugla province. Greece and Turkey lie in an especially earthquake-prone zone.