Devastating earthquake hits Turkey and Greece
On the 30th October 2020, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that was felt in both Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey, struck just off the coast of the Turkish port city of Izmir, the country’s third largest city. The earthquake also caused a mini-tsunami that has flooded Izmir.
Initial reports said that around 20 buildings had collapsed, with around 70 people rescued from the rubble so far and over 100 people injured. Initial reports revealed that 4 people had tragically lost their lives. As time went on and the situation became clearer, these figures drastically rose.
The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Turkish port city of Izmir and was followed by over 1,500 aftershocks, 44 of which were greater than 4.0 magnitude, causing even greater devastation among the communities.
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By the end, more than 105 people were reported to have lost their lives in the disaster and almost 1,000 others are thought to have been injured. Rescue teams spent a long time searching through rubble for others, as many have been reported missing. Schools in the region were temporarily closed and movement into the city was very limited following the earthquake. Thousands of homes were affected, and families had no choice but to live in temporary accommodation.