Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis known as President Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, providing condolences after a strong earthquake hit each international locations, killing civilians within the western Turkish metropolis of Izmir.
“Whatever our variations, these are instances when our individuals want to face collectively,” Mitsotakis wrote on Twitter.
Prior to Mitsotakis’ name, each international locations’ high diplomats pledged to offer mutual assist and support and keep involved. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias additionally known as Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to convey his greatest needs.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency stated Friday’s earthquake was centered within the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometers (10.three miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.
Six individuals had been killed, whereas 202 had been injured in Izmir, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) confirmed.
Media confirmed the wreckage of a multiple-story constructing in central Izmir, with individuals climbing it to succeed in rescuers. Smoke was filmed in a number of spots in central Izmir.
The quake was felt throughout the jap Greek islands and even within the Greek capital Athens. Greek media stated the residents of Samos and different islands fled their properties, whereas some rockfall was reported.
Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer informed CNN Turk that about 20 buildings had collapsed. The metropolis is the third-largest in Turkey with about 4.5 million residents. Turkey’s inside minister tweeted that six buildings in Izmir had been destroyed. He stated there have been small cracks in some buildings in six different provinces.
Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum stated individuals had been trapped below the wreckage and rescue efforts had been underway.
Videos posted on Twitter confirmed flooding within the rapid aftermath of the quake in Izmir’s Seferhisar district. Turkish officers and broadcasters known as on individuals to remain off the streets after reviews of visitors congestion.
World presents support
European Council President Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stated the European Union is carefully following the developments of the strong earthquake.
“My ideas are with all of the individuals affected. EU stands prepared to offer support,” Michel wrote on Twitter.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic equally stated: “Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in shut contact with civil safety authorities. The EU stands prepared to assist.”
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin in a Twitter message additionally supplied support for each Turkey and Greece.
“A robust earthquake has simply hit Turkey and the Greek Islands. France stands alongside the Turkish and Greek individuals to face this horrible ordeal. If the governments of those international locations so want, French assist will be instantly dispatched on the spot,” he wrote.
The U.S. Embassy in Turkey equally expressed its “sorrow for the lack of life and struggling attributable to the earthquake close to Izmir.”
Other international locations together with Pakistan, Italy, Germany and Canada additionally conveyed their greatest needs and prayers to the individuals of Turkey.