Earth­quake kills two at Greek tourist spot

Waikato Times Weekend - - WORLD -

GREECE/TURKEY: A pow­er­ful earth­quake of mag­ni­tude 6.7 killed two people and in­jured scores more when it struck near ma­jor Turk­ish and Greek tourist des­ti­na­tions in the Aegean Sea early yes­ter­day.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said at least two people died and 100 were in­jured on the Greek hol­i­day is­land of Kos, a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion par­tic­u­larly with Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Across a nar­row Aegean Sea water­way in Turkey’s Bo­drum, about 70 people were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal, in­jured in their at­tempts to flee the quake which struck at 1.31am lo­cal time.

The tremor is the sec­ond in the broader re­gion ex­ceed­ing a mag­ni­tude of 6.0 this year, a level which can cause con­sid­er­able dam­age.

A lo­cal hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial said 100 people were in­jured, most slightly. Greek author­i­ties had dis­patched he­li­copters to air­lift the in­jured to the larger is­land of Rhodes for treat­ment.

‘‘Our pri­mary con­cern right now is [safe­guard­ing] hu­man life,’’ he said.

Po­lice sources said the roof of a bar in Kos col­lapsed.

The Greek coast­guard said dam­age was re­ported to the port of Kos, which is near a tourist strip of cafes and bars.

A pas­sen­ger ferry was un­able to dock at Kos be­cause of the ex­ten­sive dam­age.

Sev­eral stores were dam­aged in Bo­drum’s Gum­bet dis­trict as a re­sult of ris­ing sea lev­els, store own­ers said.

A lo­cal Kos web­site, Kos­to­day.com, showed im­ages of ris­ing sea lev­els and parts of the tourist strip flooded, and large chunks of rub­ble else­where. One showed a pic­ture of a small fish­ing boat on a road.

The tem­blor, ini­tially re­ported as a mag­ni­tude 6.9, was very shal­low, only 10 kilo­me­tres be­low the seabed, the United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said.

In Turkey, emer­gency author­i­ties warned cit­i­zens about after­shocks, but said there were no ca­su­al­ties or ma­jor dam­age.

Tele­vi­sion footage from the Mugla prov­ince showed hun­dreds of people aban­don­ing build­ings and wait­ing on the streets. It showed cars shak­ing and prod­ucts fall­ing off shelves at stores across the re­gion.

Mugla Gov­er­nor Esen­gul Civelek said ini­tial re­ports showed there was no ma­jor dam­age, though Mayor Os­man Gu­run said power out­ages hit parts of the prov­ince. – Reuters

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