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More Than 70 Confirmed Dead in Turkey After Aegean Sea Earthquake

Destroyed building in Izmir after the earthquake on Friday. Credit: ajplus/Twitter

The powerful earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea on Friday has killed 76 people in Turkey, the country’s disaster agency said Sunday. Two people also died on the Greek island of Samos.

Rescue workers continue to search for survivors under the wreckage of eight buildings in the city of Izmir, in western Turkey.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Sunday there was “no clear number on how many people are still under rubble. Hard to give a number. There is an estimation, but I cannot share.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that 103 people had been rescued from the debris so far.

A total of 20 buildings were seriously damaged in Izmir by the tremor, according to Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer, the majority of them in the middle-class Bayrakli district.

At least 940 people have been injured in Turkey, 218 of whom are still being treated at hospitals, the country’s disaster agency said Sunday.

More than 900 aftershocks have been registered since the initial quake, 42 of them with a magnitude over 4.0, according to the agency.

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