Turkey quake death toll rises to 116 as rescuers finish searches - GulfToday

Turkey quake death toll rises to 116 as rescuers finish searches

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Collapsed buildings in earthquake are seen in Izmir, Turkey. AP

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Search and rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir finished searching buildings on Wednesday that collapsed in the quake as the death toll from Friday's earthquake in the Aegean Sea crept up to 116, according to the disaster authorities.

The US Geological Survey registered the quake’s magnitude at 7.0, although other agencies recorded it as less severe. Two of victims of the tremor were teenagers on the Greek island of Samos, authorities said.


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It was the deadliest quake to hit Turkey in nearly a decade.

On Tuesday rescuers in Izmir pulled a young girl, after 90 hours after the quake struck, alive out of the rubble, and search operations were now concentrated on two buildings.

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The quake injures 1,035 people in Izmir, with 137 still being treated.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said, that the quake injured 1,035 people in Izmir, with 137 still being treated.

According to the Mehmet Gulluoglu, head of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, “the search and rescue operations had been completed at 17 buildings that fell in Izmir. The rescue operation has been roaring at full tilt since Friday, pulling 107 survivors from the rubble.

All but two of the victims were killed in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city. Two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos, which lies south of the epicenter of Friday’s earthquake.

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