Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos


At least two people were killed in the tourist destination of Kos


Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos


A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.

At least 100 others were also injured at the popular tourist destination. Some buildings were damaged.

In the Turkish city of Bodrum, dozens of people were injured as they tried to flee the quake.

The earthquake struck at 01:31 on Friday (22:31 GMT Thursday).

The two deceased have not been named but police said that both victims were tourists – a 22-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey.

They died after they were crushed by debris from either a collapsed wall or an old building, police said.

Damage caused after an earthquake struck the Greek island of Kos, 21 July 2017REUTERS – The quake damaged a number of older buildings on the island of Kos
Damage at a port on the island of Kos, Greece, following an earthquake, 21 July 2017EPA – Large cracks appeared on pathways near a port on Kos

Dozens more were injured when buildings collapsed, some of them suffering broken bones with a number in serious condition, Kos regional government official Giorgos Halkidios said.

The army is supporting the emergency services with the rescue operation, he added.

‘Everything was shaking’

British student Naomi Ruddock felt the earthquake in Kos, where she is on holiday with her mother.

“We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick.”

Ms Ruddock said that a staff member told her it was the worst earthquake the area had seen.

Kos was nearest to the epicentre of the quake and appeared to be the worst hit, with damage caused to a number of older buildings, including cracked walls and smashed windows.

Earthquake damage in KosOSMAN TURANLI/SOCIAL MEDIA VIA REUTERS – Officials say some of the damaged properties may not have been earthquake-proof
Tourists gather outside terminal buildings at an airport on the island of Kos following an earthquake, 21 July 2017AFP/GETTY IMAGES – Tourists headed to Kos airport after evacuating hotels and apartments

The mayor said the buildings that suffered the most damage were built before “earthquake building codes” were introduced.

“The rest of the island has no problem. It’s only the main town that has a problem,” Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis said.

The roof of a bar on the island also collapsed, and a ferry was unable to dock due to damage at the harbour, Greek police said.

Tourists later gathered outside terminal buildings at Kos airport having left their hotels and apartments.

In Turkey, pictures shared on social media showed people in the city of Bodrum walking with water lapping their ankles and localised flooding, and about 80 people sought hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Others described waking in the night after being violently shaken in their beds.

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Kristian Stevens, a British tourist in Didim, 90km (60 miles) from Bodrum, said the building he was in began to “shake like a jelly”.

Residents fled their homes and tourists ran from holiday apartments with pillows and blankets. Some sustained injuries after jumping from windows in panic, Turkish broadcaster NTV said.

Sophie Wild, another British tourist in Turkey, said she fled her third floor accommodation in the coastal town of Altinkum, about 800km (500 miles) from Bodrum, when she woke to a loud banging noise.

“People were running out of rooms, banging on people’s doors to make sure they were out,” Ms Wild told the Press Association, adding: “Everyone just ran outside.”

At a hospital in Bodrum, the wounded were being treated in the garden as a precaution after the quake caused slight damage to parts of the hospital ceiling, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The earthquake also triggered high waves off Gumbet, a resort town near Bodrum, which flooded roads and left parked cars stranded, Turkish media report. There were no reports of casualties.

A car is seen after an earthquake and a tsunami in the resort town of Gumbet in Mugla province, Turkey, 21 July 2017REX FEATURES – Cars were lifted on to curbs by high waves at the resort town of Gumbet in Turkey

Turkey and Greece sit on significant fault lines and are regularly hit by earthquakes.

One of the deadliest in recent years hit the heavily populated northwest of Turkey, in 1999, killing some 17,000 people.

Map shows location of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake near the Greek island of Kos