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Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos

30 Nov -0001

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.

On Kos, around 115 people were injured, including tourists - 12 of them seriously. Some buildings were damaged.

Turkey's health minister said 358 were hurt in the Turkish city of Bodrum, but none seriously.

The earthquake struck at 01:31 on Friday (22:31 GMT Thursday).

The two deceased have not been named but police said that both victims were tourists - a 22-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey.

They died when the roof of a popular bar collapsed, police said.

Dozens were wounded when buildings collapsed, some of them suffering broken bones, Kos regional government official Giorgos Halkidios said.

The army is supporting the emergency services with the rescue operation, he added.

Greek authorities said the 12 people seriously injured included tourists from Turkey, Sweden and Norway. Four were taken to Crete for treatment, and three to Athens.

The director of the hospital in Crete told Greek Skai TV that one person was in a critical condition, while a Swedish tourist had lost a leg.

The Turkish foreign ministry said a ferry had been sent to evacuate 200 Turkish nationals from Kos back to Bodrum.

Data from Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority, AFAD, showed that more than 40 aftershocks were felt in Turkey and Greece in the aftermath of the quake, some up to magnitude 4.6.

'Everything was shaking'

British student Naomi Ruddock felt the earthquake in Kos, where she is on holiday with her mother.

"We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick."

Ms Ruddock said that a staff member told her it was the worst earthquake the area had seen.

"All of a sudden it felt like a train was going right through the room," German tourist Vernon Hausman told Reuters.

"I told my son: 'Looks like an earthquake, so let's get the hell out of here.'"

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