Powerful earthquake in Turkey as buildings collapse in Izmir

Magnitude 7 earthquake shakes Greece and Turkey at noon Friday. Turkish Health Minister: At least 24 people killed, 840 injured.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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At least twenty-four people were killed and 840 injured in a powerful 7-magnitude earthquake felt at noon Friday in Greece and Turkey.

The focus was on the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea in Greece between the two countries about 33.5 km off the west coast of Turkey.

Video from the scene shows people climbing the ruins of buildings that collapsed in an attempt to help those trapped.

In April, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was felt in and around Eilat. The Geophysical Institute then reported that the earthquake occurred at 8:04, and that the epicenter was about 70 kilometers south of Eilat, in the Red Sea.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Friday instructed the IDF to be prepared to assist Turkey in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit the country earlier in the day.

Gantz said in a statement that Israel relayed its condolences and willingness to help to the Turkish military attaché in the country.

Israel is ready to immediately dispatch a team that would assist with search and rescue operations in areas affected by the quake as well as establish a field hospital, the statement added.



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