Earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.0 struck Turkey and Greece

At least six people were killed and more than two hundred were injured in Turkey after a strong earthquake of magnitude up to 7.0 struck the Aegean Sea causing damage felt on nearby Greek Island.

Turkey put the magnitude lower, at 6.6. The shallow tremor triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded city of Izmir in western Turkey and the Greek island of Samos.

The USGS said the quake – which was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul – struck at a depth of 10km (six miles), although Turkish officials said it was 16km below ground.

Turkey and Greece both sit on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

In Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city with the population of nearly three million, many people were seen running out into the streets in panic and fear after the quake struck. At least 20 buildings collapsed.

In Greece, two teenagers were killed when a wall collapsed on Samos. Eight people were injured across the island.

A mini-tsunami flooded the port of Samos and a number of buildings were damaged. Greek officials put the magnitude of the tremor at 6.7.

Images on social media showed people rushing to streets.