Turkey and Greece hit by severe earthquake

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has rattled Greece and areas of western Turkey, killing more than a dozen people. The magnitude 7.0 quake reportedly caused several buildings to collapse in Turkey’s Izmir.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says rescue teams are using “every means available” to locate survivors from a powerful earthquake that struck parts of the country and neighboring Greece on Friday.

At least 14 people were killed in both countries and more than 500 injured as the quake caused a mini-tsunami and several buildings to collapse.

The earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea, rattling areas of western Turkey and several eastern Greek islands, as well as the capital Athens. Tremors were also felt in Bulgaria.

Turkey’s disaster authority said the magnitude was 6.6, while the US Geological Survey said it was higher at 7.0.

Turkish officials put the country’s death toll alone at 12, with 522 injured.

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