A massive earthquake struck the Aegean Sea early Friday, causing multi-story buildings to collapse in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir and sending water rushing through the streets amid tsunami warnings.
Eyewitness videos captured terrifying scenes. A seven-story residential building collapsed. Waist-high water gushed through the streets of the nearby town of Seferihisar. Environment Minister Murat Kurum said there were reports of people trapped under debris, mainly in the Bayrakli neighborhood of Izmir, according to televised comments reported by The New York Times.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck just off the Greek island of Samos, Turkish officials said. It shook parts of Greece and was reportedly felt 300 km from Istanbul.
Izmir, a city of four million people, seemed to take the biggest part. Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu stated that at least six buildings were razed and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that four people had been killed and at least 120 injured. Rescue teams were on the scene looking for survivors.
Images posted on Twitter appeared to show an ominous recoil from the waterline near the coastal town, leaving boats stranded in sand and mud.
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