Strong earthquake hits Aegean coast, no casualties reported in Turkey
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea near the Turkish coast, Hurriyet Daily reported early on July 21.
At least two people, one of them was Turkish citizen, were killed on the Greek island of Kos after the strong earthquake.
Several people were also injured in the Aegean province of Muğla.
Muğla Governor Esengül Civelek told Anadolu Agency initial reports indicated no casualties or structural damage.
The quake measuring 6.3 hit at 1.31 a.m. local time at a depth of 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles), according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority’s (AFAD) website.
The region was hit by approximately 90 more aftershocks ranging in strength between magnitude-3.0 to
4.6, according to the AFAD.
Civelek said some residents were spending the night outside because of panic and fear.
“We have reached all our district as of this moment,” she said.
There was no structural damage but a small number of residents were slightly injured in the panic, she said.
“There is no electricity cut, but there have been some electric faults due to the earthquake. We are working on it,” she added.
Muğla Mayor Osman Gürün said authorities took immediate measures against grass fires due to breakage of electricity transmission lines.
Datça District Mayor Gürsel Ucar said that two houses’ walls were damaged in Reşadiye Neighborhood. At least 15 people were taken to hospitals after the earthquake, he said.
Meanwhile, rising sea level in Bodrum district after the earthquake caused damage to the several boats and vehicles.
Boat owner Yekta Ongun told he was with his family in a boat during the earthquake.
“Everything happened in a short time. There is major damage to our boat; it was sunk. Rapid changes in the sea level are ongoing,” he said.
A holidaymaker Burak Buz said his car moved about 100 meters (330 feet) and was damaged.
Last month, the region was rattled by a magnitude-6.2- quake that struck coastal Izmir's Karaburun district.
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