Earthquake strikes in Aegean Sea off coast of Turkey, Greece

By Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 5:14 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020
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12:06 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Two teenagers killed on Greek island, civil protection ministry says

From CNN’s Chris Liakos in London and Elinda Labropoulou in Athens

Two teenagers, one boy and one girl, were killed on the island of Samos after the earthquake struck near the coast of the Greek island, Greece’s Civil Protection Ministry told CNN.

The teens were killed when a wall collapsed on them following the earthquake. 

A reporter on Greek television, who was near the rescue scene, described search teams' efforts to save the children.

The Greek Fire Service confirmed they had recovered the teenagers' bodies from the rubble.

The teenagers' deaths are being widely reported across Greek media.

11:54 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Turkey's injury count rises to 257 as rescue efforts continue

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce and Yusef Gezer in Istanbul

A woman reacts as search and rescue work continues in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020.
A woman reacts as search and rescue work continues in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020. Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Rescue efforts for dozens of people in Turkey’s Izmir province are underway, as the number of people injured rose to 257 following Thursday's quake.

Local Turkish channels broadcast footage of wounded people being carried on stretchers from beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Search operations are also continuing in 12 damaged and collapsed buildings in Izmir, according to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Streets in the coastal towns of Cesme and Seferihisar have been flooded.

“We evacuated the coastal area," Gurer Solak, the mayor of Seferihisar, told CNN.

12:00 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Turkey struck by dozens of aftershocks

From CNN's Yusuf Gezer in Istanbul

Dozens of aftershocks have struck Turkey following Friday's earthquake.

The country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said 84 aftershocks, 16 of which were greater than 4.0 magnitude, had been recorded.

Thirty eight ambulances, 35 National Medical Rescue teams and two ambulance helicopters are at the scene of the earthquake in Izmir, the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said earlier.

11:46 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Here's a drone footage showing an aerial view of the damage in Izmir

CNN's Aditi Sangal

A drone footage from DHA, a Turkish news agency, shows the aerial view of damage in Izmir, Turkey, after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea off Greece and Turkey on Friday.

At least six people are confirmed dead in Turkey following the earthquake, according to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). More than 200 people have been injured.

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11:43 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Eyewitness: "We are trying to mend ourselves"

From CNN's Tamara Qiblawi

Anchored boats are seen damaged after a magnitude 7.0 quake shook Turkey's Seferihisar coastline in Izmir, Aegean Sea in Turkey, on October 30, 2020. 
Anchored boats are seen damaged after a magnitude 7.0 quake shook Turkey's Seferihisar coastline in Izmir, Aegean Sea in Turkey, on October 30, 2020.  Cemre Can Tutar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Eyewitness and journalist Idil Gungor told CNN that her bed and breakfast in the coastal town of Sigacik was flooded in the aftermath of the quake.

“The damage is big but it’s not because of the earthquake but the big tide afterwards,” Gungor said.“Now we are trying to mend ourselves.”

Gungor was in Seferihisar at the time of the quake, but later drove to Sigacik.

Both towns were affected by the quake. Gungor runs her bed and breakfast with her husband.

The pair own the 100-year-old building, which is by the sea. She told CNN the structure was flooded with water, with fish swimming inside the building. Gungor added that shops in the town were also badly flooded.

"Everybody is calm but shocked and we’re wondering what will happen, if there’s a second [wave] coming or not,” she said.

Gungor told CNN that there was a rush of tourists leaving Sigacik and that roads leaving the seaside were clogged with traffic.

11:35 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

At least six dead in Turkey, disaster authority says

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce and Yusef Gezer in Istanbul

At least six people are confirmed dead in Turkey following the earthquake, according to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The number of injured in the country stands at at least 202. Rescue operations are continuing, but search teams are having to contend with flooding in some areas, including the  coastal towns of Cesme and Seferihisar.

11:33 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Turkish Red Crescent mobilizes food assistance teams 

Turkey's Red Crescent society has deployed teams from six cities — Izmir, Denizli, Düzce, Ankara, İstanbul, and Adana — to provide food to those affected by the disaster.

In a tweet, the organization said the teams had the capacity to provide food for up to 25,500 people.

The organization has also deployed its first responder teams.

10:57 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Greek prime minister says Samos island "has withstood" quake

People walk past a destroyed house after an earthquake on the island of Samos on October 30, 2020
People walk past a destroyed house after an earthquake on the island of Samos on October 30, 2020 STR/Eurokinissi/AFP/Getty Images

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked residents on the island of Samos to remain alert in the aftermath of the quake.

"Samos has withstood," Mitsotakis said on Twitter. "Authorities are heading to the island to address the problems. I am being constantly updated and I am asking the residents to be on alert during the time that metaseismic activity continues."

The quake's epicenter was in the sea 19 kilometers north of the island, at a depth of 2 kilometers from the surface according to Greece's Institute of Geodynamics.

10:24 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Minor injuries and building damage reported on Greek island

From CNN’s Chris Liakos in London and Elinda Labropoulou in Athens

At least four people have been injured on the Greek island of Samos following the quake.

Nikos Stefanis, the president of Samos Hospital, said all four injuries had been minor and suffered by individuals with orthopaedic problems.

He said there was building damage across the island, with the worst sustained in the area of Karlovasi, in northwest Samos.

Describing the quake, Stefanis said it as very strong and had lasted a long time.

Samos Deputy Mayor Giorgos Dionisiou told Greek media that the collapsed buildings were mainly old ones.

The Greek Fire Service in a statement said that so far, only damage to buildings had been reported. The statement said there had been no calls about trapped people.

Even so, the people of Samos have been told by Greek authorities to stay away from the island's shores and buildings.

Residents have also been asked to evacuate their houses for the next 48 hours for precautionary reasons. 

Greece's Geodynamic Institute said the epicenter was in the sea 19 kilometers north of the island of Samos.