Greece and Turkey have pledged mutual aid after a massive earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richer scale jolted the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing 22 people and injuring over 790 others.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Friday’s earthquake, which was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province, triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos, reports the BBC.
Seismologists monitoring seismic activity in the affected area have advised people to stay away from damaged buildings, Xinhua news agency reported.
Numerous aftershocks have been recorded so far, with the strongest measuring 5 on the Richter scale, according to a report by the Greek national news agency AMNA.
The 6.7-magnitude quake was which was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul and aftershocks as strong as magnitude 6.2 are expected to follow, Akis Tselentis, director of the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, told AMNA. ( IANS )