Girl, 4, pulled from rubble 91 hours after Turkey earthquake

A four-year-old girl has miraculously been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building four days after an earthquake decimated the Turkish city of Izmir.

The little girl was taken into an ambulance, wrapped in a thermal blanket, as rescue workers clapped and shouted ‘God is great!’.

She has been identified her as 4-year-old Ayla Gezgin, who was trapped inside the rubble for 91 hours since the quake struck on Friday.

Rescuer Nusret Aksoy said he heard a child scream before finding the girl next to a dishwasher.

He said Ayla waved at him, told him her name and said she was okay.

Her rescue comes a day after a 3-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were pulled out alive from collapsed buildings in Izmir.

Meanwhile, the death toll has reached 102 after emergency crews retrieved more bodies elsewhere in Turkey’s third-largest city.

There has been some debate over the magnitude of the earthquake, which the US Geological Survey rated at 7.0. 

Istanbul’s Kandilli Institute put it at 6.9 and Turkey’s emergency management agency said it measured 6.6.

The earthquake triggered a small tsunami that hit Samos and the Seferihisar district of Izmi, drowning one elderly woman. 

Two teenagers also died and 19 people were injured on Samos, near the quake’s epicentre in the Aegean Sea.

Officials said 147 quake survivors were still in hospital, and three of them were in serious condition.

The tremors were felt across western Turkey, including in Istanbul. People in the Greek capital Athens also felt the impact, while hundreds of aftershocks were recorded.

Turkey has a mix of older buildings and cheap or illegal construction, which can lead to serious damage and deaths when earthquakes hit. 

Regulations have been tightened to strengthen or demolish buildings but will take some time.

The country sits on top of fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. 

In 1999, two powerful quakes killed some 18,000 people in north-western Turkey.

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