Earthquake hits Greek Islands and Turkish coast, at least 2 dead

A powerful earthquake shook a handful of Greek Islands and Turkey’s western shore Thursday, killing at least two people.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Kos, a Greek Island near the Turkish coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told state-run media that two people were killed and several more were injured on the island, which has a population of nearly 33,400.

Buildings were evacuated in the impacted areas of Greece and Turkey, which are tourist-heavy regions but sit in an earthquake zone.

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Floods struck Kos in the wake of the 6.7 earthquake. 

Floods struck Kos in the wake of the 6.7 earthquake. 

(Kostoday.gr via AP)

Photos showed streets covered in rubble and without lights.

The quake, which struck at about 10:30 p.m. local time, was centered six miles south of Bodrum, Turkey, where only minor injuries were initially reported.

Esengul Civelek, governor of the impacted Mugla province, said those injuries were mostly from “fear and panic.”

Hotels were evacuated in the tourist-heavy area, forcing guests to sleep outside.

Hotels were evacuated in the tourist-heavy area, forcing guests to sleep outside.

(Ayse Wieting/AP)

A small tsunami was reported near the Turkish coast, the BBC reports.

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Officials warned residents to avoid beaches and seek higher ground.

The earthquake is considered shallow, having struck about six miles below the seabed, according to the Geological Survey.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck between the Greek island of Kos and the Turkish city of Bodrum.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck between the Greek island of Kos and the Turkish city of Bodrum.

(USGS/EPA)

Sedat Zincirkiran, 62, was sailing 17 miles from the quake’s center when he “felt a big kick on the boat from the depths.”

“It was really severe,” he told NBC News. “It lasted about 30 seconds, and aftershocks keep happening.”

At least 20 aftershocks were felt in the hours after the earthquake, according to reports.

Four earthquakes — ranging from 4.0- to 4.7-magnitude — were reported by the Geological Survey in the hours after the first colossal quake.

With News Wire Services

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