M7.0 Earthquake Rocks İzmir, Wounds 202

The latest report from the Turkish National Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) at 6 p.m. local time, the earthquake caused 202 injuries, 6 fatalities, and damages to buildings and public facilities around the city of İzmir.

M7.0 Earthquake Rocks İzmir, Wounds 202' photo
Buildings in İzmir collapsed after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake whose epicenter is located off the coast of Seferihisar in the Aegean Sea, Friday (10/30). (Anadolu Agency)

ACTNews, ISTANBUL – A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the Aegean Sea on Friday (10/30) at 02:51 p.m. local time. The earthquake was felt quite strongly in the city of İzmir, western Turkey, and Greece. The latest report from the Turkish National Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) at 6 p.m. local time, the earthquake resulted in 202 injuries, 6 fatalities, and damages to buildings and public facilities around the city of İzmir.

Firdaus Guritno of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Global Humanity Response reported that the number of casualties and injuries is expected to increase as the evacuation of the victims continues.

"Based on the information we acquired from AFAR and TRT Haber, 38 ambulances and 2 helicopters have been deployed to help evacuate earthquake victims who are still trapped underneath buildings near the epicenter of the earthquake. The earthquake resulted in 4 buildings completely destroyed and 10 partially damaged,” explained Firdaus, Friday (10/30).

Firdaus added that no Indonesian citizens were victims of the earthquake. “The Indonesian students in İzmir informed us that, to date, no Indonesian citizens were reported to be the victims of the earthquake, Alhamdulillah,” he said.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located 17 km off the coast of İzmir Province. With the depth of only 16 kilometers, the tremors were felt in Istanbul. A minor tsunami was reported in Izmir although not mentioned in the Turkish Government’s official release.

A minor tsunami reportedly hit the Samos region of Greece, as reported by journalist Fareid Atta, on Twitter. “A tsunami has just hit Vathy town Samos, huge damage to property, as of yet only a few injured. Greek government expecting second tsunami,” he tweeted, Friday (10/30).

Firdaus added that ACT volunteers in Turkey will continue to be on standby to provide emergency assistance to the affected residents. "Please pray for all of us here, both Turks, Indonesians, and people of other citizenships. May Allah always protect them," concluded Firdaus. []

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