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At least two people have died and more have been injured on Kos Island in Greece, from a major earthquake that occurred in the first hours of Friday on the Turkish side of the Aegean Sea. The injured are more than a dozen and “many buildings have structural damage” according to the mayor of the Island.
The strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit at 1:32 off the Turkish coast North of Rhodes and East of Kos. The sea level on Kos rose after the quake flooding areas of the island.
A wall collapsed on a building dating to the 1930s and it crushed people who were at the bar in the building’s lower level, according to Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis.
“There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes,” the mayor said.
The Kos hospital said at least 20 of the injured had broken bones.
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The temblor, which was initially reported as a magnitude 6.9 and was felt across the Aegean coast, was very shallow, only 6.2 miles below the seabed, the US Geological Survey said.
Turkish and Greek authorities put its magnitude lower at 6.3 and 6.4.
In the Turkish city of Marmaris beachfront hotels were flooded. Elsewhere holidaymakers cowered for shelter and in some resorts they abandoned their rooms for safety, gathering in the street.
There was a major aftershock of magnitude 5.1 six minutes after the main earthquake as well as at least five other following aftershocks of magnitude greater than 4.
Greek seismologists warn that more major aftershocks could follow during the next few days. Some could be as strong as 6 magnitude , the say.
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