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M6.7 quake rocks Greek island of Kos: 2 dead, many injured

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Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 21, 2017, 11:42 AM - At least two people are dead and over 120 injured following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Aegean Sea between the Bodrum Peninsula and the Greece island of Kos.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit about 10 km south-southeast of Bodrum, Turkey around 1:30 a.m. local time, with a depth of 10 km. At least nine aftershocks were recorded by the agency.

The two fatalities occurred on the Greek Island of Kos after the roof of a popular 1920s bar collapsed, according to the BBC.

While the deceased have yet to be identified, both victims were reportedly tourists from Turkey and Sweden.

The area is a popular tourist destination. At the time of the quake, around 200,000 tourists were on the island, CNN reports.


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Kos's port suffered damage and as a result, ferry service was cancelled until morning as the vessels were unable to dock.

The Associated Press reports that authorities warned of a localized tsunami, which was later measured to only be 13 cm. Vehicle and property damage was reported due to flooding.

Kos mayor Giorgos Kyritsis told local media that the army was mobilized along with other emergency personnel, The Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, at Bodrum Resort, around 70 people were treated for minor injuries, according to the news agency.

See photos of damage caused by the devastating earthquake below.


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SOURCE: The Associated Press | BBC | CNN

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