Strong earthquake in Turkey, 12 people killed, 438 injured

At least 12 people were killed and 438 others injured in the Turkish city of Izmir on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this information in a televised address in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said relief and rescue operations are underway to evacuate people from the rubble of 17 buildings damaged by the earthquake. The city of Izmir in western Turkey suffered very severe earthquakes and caused significant damage to many buildings and other structures.

The Turkish Emergency Agency said the tremors were felt in the city of Izmir and that it was rated 6.6 on the Richter scale. According to the US Department of Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was 7.0 on the Richter scale. Turkey and Greece are affected.

The epicenter of the earthquake is reported in the Aegean Sea. Experts believe that the possibility of a tsunami due to an earthquake cannot be ruled out.

According to the office of the Turkish President, Mr Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about the earthquake. Both leaders wanted the injured to recover soon.