6.3-magnitude quake hits Aegean, Turkish citizen among two killed in Greece’s Kos

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A magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea near the Turkish coast early on July 21, at least two people, including one 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.

Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and the Earthquake Research Institute stated that 10 centimeters of tsunami wave was observed in Bodrum in the aftermath of the quake.

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 40 more aftershocks ranging in strength between magnitude-3.0 to 4.6, according to the AFAD.

IN PHOTOS: Locals stay outside at night in Bodrum after quake

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.

A ferry was also sent from Bodrum to Kos to evacuate around 60 Turkish citizens on the island.

Last month, the region was rattled by a magnitude-6.2- quake that struck coastal Izmir’s Karaburun district.


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