Earthquake off Greek and Turkish Coasts Kills Two Tourists
Albanian Daily News
Published July 21, 2017
About 200,000 people in Greece and Turkey felt the impact of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake early Friday.At least two people were killed and dozens hurt early Friday when the Greek island of Kos was shaken by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, Mayor George Kyritsis told CNN Greece.
The quake's epicenter was just 16.2 kilometers (10.1 miles) east-northeast of Kos in the sea between Greece and Turkey, the US Geological Survey said.
The two fatalities on Kos were a Swedish and a Turkish national. At least five people were seriously injured after the quake hit Kos in the early hours of Friday, according to George Hadjimarkos the South Aegean region governor in an interview to Greek TV channel Skai.
Hadjimarkos added the two were at a bar in a 1920s building in the old part of Kos when the roof collapsed. That area of town is known for its bars and is popular with tourists.
About 200,000 people in Greece and Turkey felt strong to very strong shaking, the USGS estimated. Video from Kos shows rubble in the streets and shops trashed.
Photos and video from the area show that a number of the island's historic buildings have also suffered extensive damage.
The epicenter was close to the Turkish port city of Bodrum, a seaside resort popular with overseas tourists and Turks alike. It is also a major transit point for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe.