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A pow­er­ful earth­quake shook beach re­sorts Fri­day in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a build­ing col­lapsed on a bar in the Greek is­land of Kos and in­jur­ing nearly 500 oth­ers across the Aegean Sea re­gion.

Only a few miles apart, Kos and the Turk­ish re­sort of Bo­drum were hit hours be­fore dawn by the shal­low un­der­sea quake that caused a two-foot sea swell and havoc among res­i­dents and thou­sands of va­ca­tion­ers at bars and restau­rants.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey mea­sured the quake as be­ing of mag­ni­tude 6.7, with Greek and Turk­ish es­ti­mates a frac­tion lower.

Two men — from Turkey and Swe­den — were killed when a col­laps­ing wall smashed into White Cor­ner Club, a pop­u­lar a bar in the Old Town of Kos. Sev­eral oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured and air­lifted to larger hos­pi­tals in Greece — one per­son had to have a leg am­pu­tated and an­other had life-threat­en­ing head in­juries, doc­tors said.

Louisa Gou­lia­maki, AFP/Getty Im­ages

A woman walks past a dam­aged church on the Greek is­land of Kos af­ter a 6.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake Fri­day that killed two and in­jured nearly 500.

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