KOS, Greece: At least 2 died on Friday due to a strong earthquake in Greek islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast. The earthquake damaged buildings and a port, the authorities said.
Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told state-run Greek media that 2 people are killed and a number of people got injured on the island, reports abcnews.
The fire department separately said three injured people had been rescued from the rubble on Kos. The 6.7-magnitude quake was centred 6 miles (10 kilometres) south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles (16 kilometres) east-northeast of Kos at about 1:30 am, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It said the quake had a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometres).
Esengul Civelek, governor of Mugla province, said there were no casualties according to the initial investigation. She said, “there were minor injuries due to fear and panic.”
Tourists staying at a resort in Bitez ran outside onto the streets.
The guests returned to their rooms to pick up their belongings but chose to spend the rest of the night outside, with some using sheets and cushions borrowed from nearby lounge chairs to build makeshift beds, as per the AP reporter on the scene.
Greece and Turkey lie in a geographic earthquake-prone zone.