A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, leaving 4 dead, 152 injured, and toppling at least 20 buildings

  • A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Samos on Friday. 
  • The earthquake shook the Turkish coastal province of Izmir, where there have been reports of four dead and 152 injured. 
  • At least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir collapsed during the earthquake. 
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A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea early Friday afternoon, causing death and destruction along the Turkish coast. 

According the Turkish government's Anadolu Agency, the earthquake struck near the Greek island of Samos. It could be felt as far away as Athens, Istanbul, and Bulgaria, the Associated Press reports. 

It caused major damage in Turkey's western Izmir province, leaving four people dead  and 152 injured.  Seventy people have been rescued from debris in Izmir so far, the provincial governor told the news agency.  

The mayor of Izmir, Tunc Soyer, told CNN Turk that the earthquake caused 20 buildings to collapse, according to the Associated Press. Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city, with about 4.5 million residents. 

Videos posted to social media and pictures taken in Izmir show buildings collpsing and residents pulling survivors out of the debris. Other videos show boats being dragged out to sea by a tidal wave, and tsunami flooding. 

One of the four killed by the earthquake in Izmir drowned, according to Reuters.

The aftermath appears to have been much less severe on Samos, where eight people sustained light injuries, according to a Greek official who spoke to Reuters. 

However, it was strong enough to leave the island of 45,000 unsettled.

"We have never experienced anything like it," George Dionysiou, the local vice-mayor, told Reuters. "People are panicking."

A police spokesman said that the earthquake had caused some damage to oild buildings on the island. 

There was some initial confusion as to the exact strength of the earthquake. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre put it at 6.9, while the US Geological Survey recorded it as 7.0. These kinds of differences are common in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, according to the AP. 

Turkey is a particularly earthquake-prone country, with several fault lines crossing through the country. More than 17,000 people were killed in a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck the southeastern town of Izmit in August 1999. 

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