At least four people have been killed and more than 120 injured in western Turkey after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, at 1:51 pm Greek time (7:51a.m. ET) in Izmir area. The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 10 km (about 6 miles). The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the Greek capital, Athens. It was also felt in Bulgaria. At least 20 buildings were destroyed in Izmir. People crowded onto the streets in Izmir city. The quake struck 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of the town of Néon Karlovásion on the Greek island of Samos.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: “Get well soon İzmir.” Both countries reported aftershocks.The tremor is reported to have triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded the port of Samos and some streets. Video on social media showed people searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings. It was not clear how many people were trapped under the rubble in Izmir. Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located.The Turkish interior ministry said search, rescue and first aid teams were sent to the region immediately.