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    Strong earthquake strikes Aegean Sea, shaking Turkey, Greece

    ISTANBUL, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey, where some buildings collapsed in the coastal province of Izmir and a government minister said people were trapped in rubble.


    People crowded onto the streets in Izmir city, witnesses said, after the quake struck with a magnitude of up to 7.0. The tremor could be felt as far away as in Istanbul and on Greek islands, where officials said some people were panicking although there were no immediate reports of injuries.


    There were various reports of damage to property, with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu saying six buildings had collapsed in two districts of the coastal city of Izmir.


    Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum put the number of collapsed buildings in the area at five, and added that some people were stuck under the rubble. Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer said nearly 20 buildings had collapsed in the province.


    In a tweet, Soylu said there were no reports of casualties from six other provinces where the earthquake was felt but added there were small cracks in some buildings.


    Ilke Cide, a doctoral student who was in Izmir's Guzelbahce region during the earthquake, said he went inland after waters rose after the earthquake.


    "I am very used to earthquakes... so I didn't take it very seriously at first but this time it was really scary," he said, adding the earthquake had lasted for at least 25-30 seconds.


    Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Turkey is among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. More than 17,000 people were killed in August 1999 when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck Izmit, a city southeast of Istanbul. In 2011, a quake in the eastern city of Van killed more than 500.


    Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said its teams had been sent to the region of Friday's quake.


    Residents of the Greek island of Samos, which has a population of about 45,000, were urged to stay away from coastal areas, Eftyhmios Lekkas, head of Greece's organisation for anti-seismic planning, told Greece's Skai TV.


    "It was a very big earthquake, it's difficult to have a bigger one," said Lekkas.


    High tidal wave warnings were in place in Samos.


    "We have never experienced anything like it," said George Dionysiou, the local vice-mayor. "People are panicking." A Greek police spokesman said there was damage to some old buildings on the island, with no immediate reports of injuries.


    AFAD put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 7.0. It struck at around 1150 GMT and was felt along Turkey's Aegean coast and the northwestern Marmara region, media said.


    The epicentre was some 17 km (11 miles) off the coast of the Izmir province, at a depth of 16 km, AFAD said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the depth was 10 km and that the epicentre was 33.5 km off Turkey's coast.

    Strong earthquake strikes Aegean Sea, shaking Turkey, Greece

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    Building standards are strictly enforced in Greece so consequently even though the epicenter was centered on the Island of Samos
    "54 min agoMinor injuries and building damage reported on Greek island

    https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/aegean-sea-earthquake-dle-intl/index.html"

    Sadly in Turkey further away ...
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    My thoughts and prayers are with all those in both Greece and Turkey.

    PS: one of our members Lostandfound, is visiting in the Greek islands right now, last reported for the Aegean island of Aegina, , hope to hear from him soon and that he is safe and sound.
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    ^ Lostandfound was the first thing I thought about. I’m sure he is well but will feel much better when he checks in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Lostandfound was the first thing I thought about. I’m sure he is well but will feel much better when he checks in!
    I just got an LOL green from him, for something funny I posted on his thread, so he is fine.
    He probably don't even know there was an Earthquake, he probably thought it was a Bowell movement from all the Tzatziki he is eating.

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    We had one when I was there in the summer. It was just over 5 but felt like somebody had picked the roof of the apartment up and moved it. Scary stuff to be at the mercy of nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Building standards are strictly enforced in Greece
    Say Whaaat?

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    Didn't notice a thing here. Thanks for caring. I'm touched lol

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    I think I was out walking at 2pm yesterday on Aegina. Didnt notice a thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    Didn't notice a thing here
    Yeah right. No need for the bravado. Those pics are actually the right way up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Say Whaaat?
    As compared to Turkey they are, which explains why similar event between Greece and Turkey results in different outcomes at it relates to loss of property and life.
    Codes ,and penalties , especially high-rise buildings have being straightened ii the past 20 years in Greece., such code have also been strengthen by Greece's participation in the EU. As anyone who has ever tried to build there will attest,
    where in Turkey, corruption in the building industry is widespread. If you will look you will see that most death there from earthquakes occurred from the collapse of high-rise buildings.



    Greece , in the past 25 years there were 24 earthquakes and and 176 deaths

    Where in Turkey ,for the same period of time there were 20 earthquakes and 739 deaths.
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