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Powerful earthquake strikes off Turkey's coast, killing at least 14

A powerful earthquake strikes near Turkey's city of Izmir, collapsing buildings and killing at least 14 people. Search and rescue efforts are underway to look for survivors in the rubble.
A powerful earthquake strikes near Turkey's city of Izmir, collapsing buildings and killing at least 14 people. Search and rescue efforts are underway to look for survivors in the rubble.
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Editor’s Note: As of Nov. 4, at least 116 people have died and 1,035 people have been injured in the earthquake, with 137 of them still hospitalized, according to The Associated Press.

A powerful earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea earlier today (Oct. 30), causing nearly 20 buildings in Turkey's coastal city of Izmir to collapse and killing at least 14 people, including two in Greece.

The earthquake struck at 2:51 pm local time in Turkey today (Oct. 30), 16.5 kilometers  (10.3 miles) deep and 10.5 miles (17 km) off the coast of Turkey, according to CNN Turk

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) reported the quake was a magnitude 6.6 while the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude of 7.0. 

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Footage showed flooded streets, piles of rubble where buildings once stood and buildings collapsing

Search and rescue efforts are continuing in Izmir in the piles of rubble where buildings collapsed, according to Anadolu Agency. At least 70 people were rescued from the damaged buildings, Izmir's Gov. Yavuz Selim Kosger said, according to The Washington Post. The earthquake triggered a small tsunami that hit Izmir's Seferhisar district, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said, according to AP News.

At least 12 people were killed in Izmir, including one who drowned, while 438 were injured, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFA), CNN Turk reported. The quake also shook Greece, causing a wall to collapse on the nearby Greek island of Samos, killing two teenagers, according to AP News. At least 19 people were injured in Samos, according to the Post.

Aftershocks were reported in both Greece and Turkey, according to CNN

Turkey sits upon major fault lines, making it one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, according to Reuters. In August of 1999, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the city of Izmit, southeast of Istanbul, killing more than 17,000 people and in 2011, another quake struck Van, a city in eastern Turkey, killing over 500, according to Reuters.

In the last century, 29 other earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater have struck within 155 miles (250 km) of today's earthquake, according to the USGS.

Originally published on Live Science.