A strong tsunami followed by an earthquake hit two countries, Greek and Turkey. The countries share a common border. According to the US Geological Survey, the major earthquake hit 14 kilometres off the Greek town of Karlovasi on Samos. At least 26 people were killed and more than 700 injured in Turkey and Greece on Friday.
After a powerful earthquake levelled buildings and caused flooding. 196 aftershocks were felt with 23 hitting over magnitude 4.0. Search and rescue operations are underway at Turkey’s Aegean resort city of Izmir, which suffered much of the damage.
Turkey’s western Izmir province and Greek islands in the vicinity were rattled after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir province, causing floods in the area.
One person died of drowning. WHO and national disaster management teams of both the nations are following the situation Spokespersons of both the countries said in a statement, “We will work with the two countries to ensure that emergency medical care is provided for those in need. Our thoughts are with all those affected.”
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer his condolences and support. Mitsotakis tweeted, “Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together.”
Erdogan tweeted in reply, “Thank you, Mr Prime Minister.That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life.”
The United States hailed both leaders’ gestures of diplomacy.