Nineteen killed in Turkey as strong earthquake hits Aegean Sea

At least 19 people were killed in Turkey after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and nearby Greek islands.

People ran onto streets in panic in the coastal city of Izmir, witnesses said, after the quake struck with a magnitude of up to 7.0 at around 1150 GMT. Some neighbourhoods were deluged with surging seawater which swept a flood of debris inland and left fish stranded as it receded.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said 19 people died, one due to drowning, while 202 people were injured.

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TOPSHOT - A rescuer reacts during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 02: A screen grab captured from a video shows Turkish rescue teams pull a 3-year-old survivor, Elif Perincek, out of the debris after the 65 hours after the quake as search and rescue works continue at collapsed Doganlar Apartment building aftermath of a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 02, 2020. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 02: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "ISTANBUL FIRE AUTHORITY/ HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 3-year-old girl, Elif Perincek, is pulled from the debris 65 hours after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 02, 2020. (Photo by Istanbul Fire Authority/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Rescue workers remove rubble during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
A rescuer reacts as she rests during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
A rescuer washes his face during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 2: Duzce Search and Rescue Team (DAKE) members, many of whom were rescued from the rubbles and some of them lost their relatives 21 years ago in the quakes in Duzce attend the search and rescue activities aftermath of a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 02, 2020. (Photo by Omer Urer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 2: Body of a victim is recovered from the rubble within ongoing search and rescue works on the debris of Doganlar Apartment building located in Bornova district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 02, 2020. (Photo by Omer Evren Atalay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
An affected woman burns heater in front of her tent in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 2: A drone photo shows aerial view of Yilmaz Erbek apartment building, heavily damaged after a magnitude 6.6 quake, is being demolished, in Izmir, Turkey on November 2, 2020. (Photo by Sergen Sezgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 2: A drone photo shows aerial view of search and rescue works continue at the rubbles of collapsed Riza Bey building located in Bayrakli district days after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 2, 2020. (Photo by Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAMOS ISLAND, GREECE - NOVEMBER 02: A view of destruction after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook in eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece on November 02, 2020. The powerful earthquake has hit theTurkish city of Izmir and Greek Island Samos. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Rescuers are at work during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is comforted after officials comfirmed that both her parents were dead during the ongoing search operation at the site of a collapsed building as they look for survivors and victims in the city of Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece two days ago. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A woman reacts as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building after a quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works continue at debris of a building after a quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works continue at debris of a building after a quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
This picture shows destroyed car and collapsed buildings after an earthquake in the island of Samos on October 30, 2020. - A powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey on October 30, 2020, causing buildings to collapse and a sea surge that flooded streets in the Turkish resort city of Izmir. Greek public television said the quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Samos, damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake was registered 14 kilometres (8.6 miles) off the Greek town of Karlovasi on Samos. (Photo by STR / Eurokinissi / AFP) (Photo by STR/Eurokinissi/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People walk past a destroyed house after an earthquake in the island of Samos on October 30, 2020. - A powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey on October 30, 2020, causing buildings to collapse and a sea surge that flooded streets in the Turkish resort city of Izmir. Greek public television said the quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Samos, damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake was registered 14 kilometres (8.6 miles) off the Greek town of Karlovasi on Samos. (Photo by STR / Eurokinissi / AFP) (Photo by STR/Eurokinissi/AFP via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A woman cries as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building after a quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building in Bayrakli district after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A wounded woman hug her relative after being rescued from debris of a building in Bornova district of Izmir after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Tezcan Ekizler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district of Izmir after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district of Izmir after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district of Izmir after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A view of a quake damaged site right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A view of a quake damaged site right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A view of a quake damaged site right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district of Izmir after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A view of a quake damaged site after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: A man walks among debris of collapsed buildings after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
IZMIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Citizens are seen on a ruin of destroyed building right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A man weeps as rescue workers and local people try to save residents trapped in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.(AP Photo/Ismail Gokmen)
Rescue workers and local people carry a wounded person found in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude. (AP Photo/Ismail Gokmen)
Rescue workers and local people carry a wounded person found in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude. (AP Photo/Ismail Gokmen)
IZMIR, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 2: Search and rescue works continue at collapsed Doganlar Apartment building aftermath of a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on November 02, 2020. (Photo by Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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There were various reports of collapsed buildings with people stuck in the rubble in some of districts of Izmir, one of Turkey's main tourist regions, and partial damage to property in other provinces, Turkish officials said.

Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer said around 20 buildings came down in the province. Izmir's governor said 70 people had been rescued from under the rubble.

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.

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Ismail Yetiskin, mayor of Izmir's Seferihisar, said sea levels rose as a result of the quake. "There seems to be a small tsunami," he told broadcaster NTV.

Footage on social media showed debris including refrigerators, chairs and tables floating through streets on the deluge. TRT Haber showed cars in Izmir's Seferihisar district had been dragged by the water and piled on top of each other.

Idil Gungor, who runs a hotel in Izmir's Seferihisar district, told broadcaster NTV that people were cleaning the debris after the floodwaters receded. She said fish had washed up on the garden of the hotel, around 50 metres from the shore.

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, where eight people were lightly injured, according to a Greek official.

"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.

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece - which have been caught up in a bitter dispute over ownership of potential hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean - spoke by phone after the earthquake and said they were ready to help one another, Ankara said.

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

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