Two schoolchildren died in Samos after a wall collapsed in a powerful earthquake that hit the eastern Aegean Sea on Friday, state broadcaster ERT said. Several buildings and houses suffered extensive damage and part of a historic church also collapsed, according to local media. Eight other people were taken to hospitals in Samos with injuries of varying severity, according to reports.
The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded 19 kilometers northwest of the center of the island and its depth was 10 kilometers, the National Institute of Geodynamic Observatory of Athens reported. The earthquake was recorded at 13:51 local time (1151GMT) and tremors were also felt in the Greek capital Athens.
The institute initially estimated the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.6, but later revised it to 6.7. A small-scale tsunami also hit the island’s main port and inundated its streets, with media reporting cars being swept into the sea. Speaking to ERT, seismologist Efthymios Lekkas said he It seemed likely that the danger of further tremors had passed, but that it was still too early to rule out any further risk.
Turkey’s Aegean region was hit hardest by the powerful earthquake, with at least six dead and more than 200 injured in western Izmir province.