Natural disaster in Aegean Sea Kills 2 Tourists

Marsha Scott
July 22, 2017

Here's what we know...

According to USGS data, the quake is M 6.7 scale - 10km SSE of Bodrum.

The quake reportedly hit off the coast of Marmaris, according to the US Geological Survey.

A man walks near a damaged building after an natural disaster on the Greek island of Kos early Friday, July 21, 2017.

"All of a sudden it felt like a train was going right through the room", said Vernon Hausman, a German holidaying on Kos. The neighboring resort at Bodrum also felt the effects and leaves 25 still hospitalized, but no one was seriously injured at this location.

She is one of 10 holidaymakers from the town who headed out to Marmaris on the Turquoise Coast in Turkey on Monday.

Spokeswoman for Cassidy Travel, Ann Marie Durkin, told RTÉ's News at One that some of the Irish people caught up in quake had been left badly shaken by events.

Turkey is prone to earthquakes because it is located between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. He said more than 100 were injured.

Shortly after the quake, a 5.1-magnitude aftershock struck about 26 kilometres north of Leros Island, followed by three more shocks of about 4.6, 4.5 and 4.7 magnitudes.

A 6.7 magnitude quake that struck off the coasts of Greece and Turkey Thursday night, left two dead and dozens injured.

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Many tourists took to sleeping outside after the quake hit.

"The airport is operational and the roads are in good shape...there is no major damage to infrastructure or buildings", he said.

Terrified holidaymakers were seen running for their lives as tremors shook buildings and beachfront hotels were flooded.

Constantina Svynou, head of the hoteliers' association in Kos, told Greek ERT television that many visitors had spent the night outside their hotels, but some were now returning to their rooms.

Two male tourists from Turkey and Sweden were killed after the walls of a bar in Kos broke apart and crashed down on partygoers when the shallow, 6.5-magnitude quake struck at about 1:30 a.m.

Turkey retrieved 200 vacationers from the ruins and brought them back to safety.

Nobody is believed to have died in Turkey, but the Bodrum State Hospital was reportedly evacuated.

Witnesses told how sea levels dipped by about a foot before the tsunami struck, followed by mass floods shortly after.

The quake came as millions of British holidaymakers are expected to head overseas for their summer holidays and air traffic controllers are dealing with the busiest day in United Kingdom aviation history.

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