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Two killed as quake hits Greece, Turkey

Prime News, International, Kos (Greece)/ Ankara, July 21:- At least two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos on Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the popular summer resort holiday destinations of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

The island of Kos was nearest to the epicentre and appeared to be the worst-hit. Giorgos Halkidios, Kos regional government official, said the number of injured was more than 100.

“Two or three of them are in serious condition and are in surgery,” he said.

He said the injured included people who were underneath a building that collapsed. Ferry services were suspended due to damage at Kos’s main port, where a 14th-century fortress also was damaged. A minaret from an old mosque also was damaged.

Minor damage – cracks in buildings, smashed windows and trashed shops – appeared widespread, according to city officials.

The epicentre of the quake was approximately 10.3 kilometres south of the major Turkish resort of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers in the summer, and 16.2 kilometres east of the island of Kos in Greece, the US Geological Survey said.

In the Turkish resort of Bodrum, television pictures showed throngs of worried residents and holidaymakers in the streets.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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