A powerful earthquake and tsunami in Greece and Turkey, with casualties and hundreds injured (VIDEO)

A powerful earthquake and tsunami in Greece and Turkey, with casualties and hundreds injured.

A magnitude 7 earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Turkey near Izmir and the Greek island of Samos.

Witnesses say the ground shook for 30 seconds. There is serious destruction and collapsed residential buildings. Rescuers fear people are buried under the rubble. According to NTV in the Bayrakli district of Izmir, ten houses were destroyed. There is also destruction in the Izmir neighborhood of Bornova, TASS reports.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said at least six buildings had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the governor of Izmir province, Tunch Sawyer, announced the demolition of at least 20 houses. "To date, it is known that six houses were destroyed in the Izmir districts of Bornova and Bayrakli. In the provinces of Ushak, Denizli, Manisa, Balakeshire, Ayden and Mugla, except for small cracks in the houses, there is no destruction. No casualties have been reported. ", the minister wrote on his Twitter page.

Residents of the Greek island of Samos have been urged to stay away from coastal areas.

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