07/21/2017, 14.30
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Quake hits Turkish coast: two dead, hundreds injured

The 6.3 quake struck overnight at 1:31 am, just 10 kilometres below the seabed.

Ankara (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A powerful earthquake struck the Turkish coast and some Greek islands at 1:31 am. The area caters to tourists.

About a hundred people were injured on the Greek island of Kos. Two people also died, their identity not immediately known.

Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority, AFAD, said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3, with its epicentre south of Bodrum, Turkey, 16 kilometres northeast of Kos.

The tremor was very shallow, just 10 kilometres below the seabed, the US Geological Survey reported.

In Bodrum, 70 people were admitted to hospital with injuries suffered in their attempts to flee. Several stores were damaged in the city’s Gumbet district.

Turkey's emergency authorities warned against aftershocks, but added there had been no casualties or major damage.

The Greek coast guard reported damage to the port of Kos, which is near a tourist strip of cafes and bars.

Police sources said the roof of a bar in Kos collapsed, but damage was almost exclusively confined to older buildings.

This was the second quake of magnitude exceeding 6.0 in the broader region this year.

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