Powerful 6.5 earthquake strikes off Greek islands and Turkey sparking tsunami, deaths and injuries reported

Two people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Greek islands and Turkey, triggering a tsunami. Greek authorities confirmed the victims of the 6.5-magnitude quake, both men, were from Turkey and Sweden. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at around 1 am local time on Friday morning, rattling the Greek holiday resort of Kos, damaging buildings and the main port. A small tsunami flooded parts of the island as well as the Turkish town of Bodrum.

At least 160 aftershocks have since been recorded, some measuring as strong as 4.8 on the Richter scale, with a warning that they are likely to continue for two more weeks, without causing further damage or danger to people in the area. The island’s regional governor said the “main priority at the moment is saving lives” with at least 20 people in hospital with serious injuries.  READ MORE

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