Quake damages buildings on Greek island; 2 killed, 100 injured

Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night. Kyritsis said the army was mobilized along with emergency services.

By: AP | Kos | Updated: July 21, 2017 12:14 pm
Firefighters and rescuers try to clean a road from the stones after an earthquake on the Greek island of Kos early Friday, July 21, 2017. A powerful earthquake struck Greek islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast early Friday morning, damaging buildings and a port and killing at least two people, authorities said. (Kostoday.gr via AP)

A powerful earthquake struck Greek islands early Friday morning, damaging buildings and a port, killing at least two people and causing more than 100 injuries, authorities said. The island of Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit, with two deaths and structural damage to older buildings. Minor damage _ cracks in buildings, smashed windows and trashed shops _ appeared widespread, according to city officials.

“The rest of the island has no problem. It’s only the main town that has a problem,” Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told state-run Greek media. “The buildings affected were mostly old, and were built before the earthquake building codes were introduced.” Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night. Kyritsis said the army was mobilized along with emergency services. The island’s port was among structures that sustained damaged and a ferry en route there was not docking, the coast guard said.

Giorgos Halkidios, Kos regional government official, said the number of injured was more than 100. “Two or three of them are in serious condition and are in surgery,” he said. He said the injured included people who were underneath a building that collapsed. Ferry services were suspended due to damage at Kos’s main port, where a 14th-century fortress also was damaged. A minaret from an old mosque also was damaged.

Greek officials said the quake was 6.5-magnitude. It was centered 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles (16 kilometers) east-northeast of Kos with a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to Turkish disaster officials, the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3, and more than 20 aftershocks have been recorded.

Esengul Civelek, governor of Mugla province, said there were no casualties according to initial assessments. She said “there were minor injuries due to fear and panic.” In Bitez, a resort town about 6 kilometers (4 miles) west of Bodrum, the quake sent frightened residents running into the streets.

Hotel guests briefly returned to their rooms to pick up their belongings but chose to spend the rest of the night outside, with some using sheets and cushions borrowed from nearby lounge chairs to build makeshift beds, according to an AP reporter on the scene. Greece and Turkey lie in an especially earthquake-prone zone.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 22, 2017 at 4:36 am
    Only the other day on 17 July , Russia had a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude touching Alaska in US followed by Peru quake. This Vedic astrology has already alerted that such happenings as floods , landslides , hydro-power failures , earthquakes , lightening, war , health hazards or epidemics , devastation of plants, crops and food crops may generate major worrisome concerns in vulnerable countries and regions across the globe during about 24 June to September , more so during 19 August to 4 September in the present year 2017. It was also added that sea or regions near sea are likely to be in particular focus. These alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for the concerned people were indicated on 16 May 2017 by this Vedic astrology writer in article – “ Is World War III round the corner ?” – published in the Summer (April-June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer’s Notebook from North Port, Florida. It seems the alerts are getting meaningful by the day.