Izmir – Rescue workers released a 70-year-old man from a collapsed building in western Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 53 people and killing more than 900, about 34 hours after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea struck Turkey and Greece. Injured.
This was the latest series of remarkable rescues after the quake on Friday afternoon, centered on the Aegean Sea northeast of Samos, Greece. On Sunday, a search and rescue team was working in nine buildings in Izmir, Turkey.
Turkey’s Vice President Huat Octai raised the death toll in Izmir, the third largest city in the country, to 51 as rescuers pulled more bodies out of collapsed buildings. Two teenagers were killed and at least 19 were injured on Friday on Samos.
There was some debate about the magnitude of the earthquake. The US Geological Survey rated it 7.0, while the Candili Institute in Istanbul rated it 6.9, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) in Turkey said it measured it 6.6.
The quake caused a small tsunami in Izmir’s Seferihisar district and Samos Island, drowning an elderly woman. The tremors were felt throughout western Turkey, including Istanbul, and in Athens, the capital of Greece. Hundreds of aftershocks continued.
Turkey’s disaster agency said nearly 900 people were injured in Turkey alone.
Ahmet Citym, 70, was pulled out of the rubble and hospitalized shortly after midnight on Sunday. “I have never lost hope,” Health Minister Faletin Coca tweeted.
Turkey is a mix of old buildings and cheap, less regulated new construction, which can lead to serious damage and death in the event of an earthquake. The Vice President said 26 badly damaged buildings would be demolished.
“It’s the building, not the earthquake, that dies,” Oktay reiterated the common slogan.
AFAD said more than 5,700 personnel were activated for rescue operations and hundreds of personnel for food rations, emergency assistance and building damage management.
It was unknown how many people remained under the rubble. Turkish media reported that three more people had been pulled out of one apartment that collapsed on Sunday, but their condition was unknown.
Dogs, cats and rabbits were rescued from debris.
Turkey is a country where fault lines intersect and earthquakes are likely to occur. In 1999, two powerful earthquakes in northwestern Turkey killed about 18,000 people. Earthquakes occur frequently in Greece as well.
At a rare show of unity in a tense bilateral relationship over the months, Greek and Turkish government officials announced a mutual message of solidarity over the victims of the earthquake.
Turkey was already suffering from a recession and a coronavirus pandemic, causing an earthquake. So far, more than 10,000 people have died from the virus in Turkey, and some experts have accused the government of concealing the true effects of the virus by counting cases.
Bilginsoy reported from Istanbul.
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A 70-year-old woman survived after the Turkish earthquake killed 53 people
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