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30 October 2020 14:34

Residents have also been told to stay away from buildings, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area.

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A strong earthquake has hit holiday hotspots in Turkey and Greece, destroying a number of buildings and leading to a tsunami warning. © Sky News Screen Grab A number of buildings have been destroyed by the powerful quake in Turkey The epicentre of the tremor of magnitude 7 was in the Aegean Sea some 11 miles (17 km) off the coast of Turkey's Izmir province, at a depth of 10 miles (16km). © Other The major tremor was felt across the region. Pic: USGS The earthquake was felt across the region, including in Istanbul, the Greek islands and as far as the capital Athens. Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-storey building in central Izmir, with rescuers scouring the ruins.

Tsunami alert and buildings collapse as earthquake rocks Turkey and Greece

Smoke was also filmed in several areas. The authorities said there was no immediate information on casualties. Greek media said the residents of Samos and other islands fled their homes, while some rockfalls were reported. A tsunami warning was issued, with residents told to stay away from the coastline. Water rose above the dock in the main harbour and flooded the street. Residents have also been told to stay away from buildings, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area. Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas told state television: "It is an event that is evolving."