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Turkey-Greece earthquake: Rescuers pulled over 100 survivors from the wreckage of Izmir



Thirty-seven people died in Turkey, and two in Greece, authorities said. At least 885 people were injured in Turkey.

According to Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer, a total of 20 buildings were severely damaged in Izmir due to the shock Friday afternoon, most of which are in the middle-class Bayrakli district.

Search and rescue operations are still underway in nine buildings as of Saturday afternoon, while operations have been completed in eight other buildings, Turkey’s disaster agency said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that 103 people had been saved from the earthquake’s wreckage.

Overnight, dozens of people anxiously gathered around each collapsed building, huddled under blankets in the freezing cold as search and rescue teams worked to locate the stranded people. The rumble of heavy construction machinery filled the air, dotted with cries and screams.

Much of the activity focuses on the large Riza building, home to its businesses and apartments on its eight floors.

One survivor, 28-year-old Buse Hasyilmaz, was dragged alive from the rubble there around midnight, hours after the building collapsed.

Hasyilmaz, who was practicing dentistry in the building with her parents when the quake struck, was able to speak to rescue teams and a Turkish minister on the phone while they were trying to reach her. .

In a video from the scene, she told them to “let go of the dogs. I̵

7;ll make a cat squealing”, in order to get the rescue dogs’ attention.

The Minister replied that this is a good idea and added: “I want you to stay calm like this. Please keep your spirit and be patient.”

Hasyilmaz’s father was also safely rescued. It is not clear whether her mother was immediately identified.

Hours later, workers approached and rescued the 16-year-old Inci from the same building.

“I’ll come and hear you play the violin,” a female lifeguard promised the teenager, seen in another video. Her legs are trapped, she cannot feel them. She was pinched by a block of cement.

“I was hurt a lot,” Inci said and begged the lifeguard to take her hand. For nearly a day she was alone, pain and fear.

“You look like your mother. She’s fine, she’s waiting for you,” the lifeguard told her.

As search teams work to clear the rubble, pull the concrete beams away, they call for tranquility. A strange silence filled the crowd.

This is just one of many videos showing the incredible efforts of teams searching for the earthquake’s aftermath.

In another collapsed building, a mother and her four children were both pulled outside to survive, 23 hours after the tremor. One of them later died, Turkey’s Health Minister said.

A young woman whose husband was trapped under the rubble at his mother’s home, where he was working while his mother was away, hoping for good news Saturday morning.

She told CNN that rescue teams told her that the thermal camera showed a man moving. She is praying that her husband will be safely reunited with their 7 and 10 year old children.

An unnamed nurse said her colleague was under the rubble in Bayrakli with her two nephews. She told CNN she was confident that her colleague’s specialized skills would help all three survive.

Hundreds of aftershocks

The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the magnitude of the quake as 7.0, while the Turkish authorities said it was 6.6. The earthquake struck 14 km (8.7 miles) northeast of the neon town Karlovásion on Samos, announced USGS, at the time of Greece 13:51 (07:51 ET).

It hit at a relatively shallow depth of 21 km (13 miles), the USGS reports, making its impact strongly felt on the ground around the epicenter.

There have been 615 aftershocks so far, of which more than 40 have magnitudes above 4.0 magnitude, the Turkish disaster agency said on Saturday.

Greek authorities say two teenagers, a boy and a girl, died on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.

The earthquake caused what the authorities call a “small tsunami”.

TV footage shows water spilling through the streets of Cesme and Seferihisar in areas of Turkey’s larger Izmir province, as well as on Samos. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Greek-Turkish tensions

Idil Gungor, a newspaper writer and operator of a guesthouse in the Turkish town of Siğacik, Izmir province, said Friday that the area was more damaged by the water than the earthquake.

Lifeguards and locals carry an injured person found in the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir on Friday.

Her guesthouse, in a 100-year-old building, was flooded and fish swam in it, she said. Shops in the town were also flooded and their goods were damaged.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday said on Twitter that he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart and offered condolences. Tensions between the two countries have flared recently due to energy claims in the eastern Mediterranean.

Mitsotakis writes: “No matter what our differences are, these are times where all of us need to be together.

In a tweet, the Turkish President sent his condolences to Greece and said that “the two neighboring countries showing solidarity in difficult times are much more precious than things in life.”

According to Erdogan, both Turkey and Greece are ready to send aid to the other.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter his country had also offered to send support to Turkey and Greece.

Isil Sariyuce reports from Izmir, Yusuf Gezer reports from Istanbul and Laura Smith-Spark writes from London.




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