04:53 GMT04 December 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey’s western Izmir province has gone up to 42, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD).

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Saturday that the death toll from the earthquake stood at 37. More than 880 people were injured.

    "According to the latest data, 42 people died… Rescuers in Izmir are working on the rubble of nine destroyed buildings," AFAD said early on Sunday morning.

    Videos from the scene of natural disaster were shown on YouTube. 

    ​​On Friday afternoon, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred in Western Turkey, the epicenter was in the Aegean Sea near the city of Seferihisar in Izmir province. The earthquake was also felt on the nearby Greek Islands, Greek seismologists estimated its magnitude at 6.9. It was reported that at least 20 buildings collapsed in Izmir. The earthquake caused a small tsunami and flooded coastal streets in Seferihisar. According to Izmir’s Mayor Tunc Soyer, about 180 people remain trapped.

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