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    Major damage has been reported following a strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Greece and Turkey on Friday.

    A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit Greece's Dodecanese Islands and Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday.

    According to the seismological laboratory of the University of Athens, the epicentre was located 24 kilometres (14.9 miles) to the north-west of the island of Samos at a depth of 10 kilometres.

    The earthquake was also felt in Athens. 

    At the same time, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) has stated that an earthquake of the same magnitude was felt along Turkey's Aegean coast.

    The epicentre was located some 17 km (11 miles) off the coast of Izmir province, at a depth of 16 km, AFAD added.

    According to Turkish media reports, tremors could be felt in numerous provinces in the country's west, as well as in Istanbul.

    Izmir’s Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger has issued a statement saying that up to 20 buildings have been destroyed in the province and that a crisis centre has been established to investigate the matter.

    "We have received information that several buildings in the districts of Buca, Bayrakli and Bornova were destroyed", Bugra Gokce, a spokesman for the mayor of the city of Izmir, said.

    ​The mayor of the Bornova district in Izmir, Mustafa İduğ, has stated that "there are many destroyed buildings in the area. We know that a four-story building has collapsed. There are no problems in the centre of the district".

    Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has stated that rescue teams are working at the sites of the destroyed buildings.

    According to local media reports, aftershocks of magnitudes between 3.9 and 4.8 are still occurring.

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      "The number of injured people has risen to 763, with 702 of them in Izmir. 3,204 rescuers, 20 search dogs and 450 vehicles are working in the disaster-hit area", the statement said.

    • 20:18

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    • 19:25

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    • 17:53

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      "According to the latest data, the earthquake killed 12 and injured 522 people. There are people under the rubble of 17 destroyed buildings, rescuers are working there," Minister of Environment and Urbanisation Murat Kurum told reporters.

    • 17:11

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      "We ask our citizens in Izmir not to use their transport means. We have tents, blankets and mobile kitchens, and our rescue teams are working. All we need are roads. Please leave the roads to our rescue teams," Soylu said on Twitter.

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      Rescuers are working on the rubble of 17 destroyed buildings, the AFAD added.

    • 16:15

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    • 15:49

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    • 15:44

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    • 15:42

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      "Our President has given orders for all relevant government agencies to contribute to rescue efforts. We pray that there is no further loss of live in Turkey or Greece and we send our best wishes to all those affected on both sides of the earthquake. This tragedy reminds us once again how close we are despite our differences over policy. We’re ready to help if Greece needs it," Fahrettin Altun, spokesman for the office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said.

    • 15:30

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      Two children were found dead under a collapsed wall after a big earthquake that hit the Greek Island of Samos on Friday, the ERT TV channel reported.

      According to the Greek channel’s correspondent, a boy and a girl were walking along a narrow street when the wall collapsed.

      Rescuers pulled out the children, and the search operation is ongoing, the broadcaster reported.

    • 15:25

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      "A powerful earthquake struck Turkey and several Greek islands at the Aegean Sea. Full solidarity with the people of Greece and Turkey. We are at their side and ready to mobilize to help them," the minister said on Twitter.

    • 15:20

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    • 14:54

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    • 14:27

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    • 14:24

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    • 14:22

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    • 14:18

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