The number of Aegean quakes rises to 115 as the search continues in Izmir, Turkey


Rescue operations take place in one place after an earthquake hits the Aegean Sea


Search and rescue efforts were centered on two buildings in Turkey’s western city of Izmir as the death toll rose to 115 after Friday’s earthquake in the Aegean Sea, the disaster authorities said early Wednesday.

Two of the shivering victims were teenagers on the Greek island of Samos, authorities said.

On Tuesday, 90 hours after the quake, rescuers in Izmir pulled a young girl alive from the rubble, and searches now focused on two buildings.

It was the deadliest quake in Turkey in almost a decade.

The quake injured 1,035 people in Izmir, 137 were still being treated, said the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

In Turkey, more than 4,600 tents and 17,000 beds are used for emergency shelters, the agency said.

Turkey is traversed by fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. More than 500 people were killed in one quake in the eastern city of Van in 2011, while another quake in January this year killed 41 people in the eastern province of Elazig.

In 1999, two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey. AFAD said Friday’s earthquake was 6.6 magnitude with 1,670 aftershocks.


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