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Aegean quake toll rises to 116 as Turkey ends search

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Turkey on Wednesday ended search and rescue efforts in the rubble of buildings that collapsed as a result of Friday’s strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea, after the death toll crept up to 116 in the western city of Izmir and a Greek island.

The quake, the deadliest to hit Turkey in nearly a decade, injured 1,035 people in Izmir and 137 were still being treated, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.

It said search and rescue efforts at 17 damaged or collapsed buildings had been completed and teams were clearing the rubble.

In addition to the 114 people killed in Turkey, two victims of the tremor were teenagers on the Greek island of Samos, authorities said.

A handout photo made available by the Turkish Health Ministry shows, three-year-old girl Elif Perincek, who survived 65 hours under a collapsed building after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at the hospital at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey. EPA-EFE/TURKISH HEALTH MINISTRY HANDOUT

On Tuesday, 90 hours after the quake struck, rescuers in Izmir pulled a young girl alive out of the rubble.

More than 2,790 tents were set up for temporary shelter and more than 10,222 beds were distributed in the area, AFAD said.

It said 22 boats had sunk and 43 others had run aground, of which 40 had been rescued, as a result of the quake.

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

A composite handout satellite image made available 02 November 2020 by MAXAR Technologies showing Ozankalar school (C) before earthquake in Izmir, Turkey on 27 April 2020 (L), and same area in Izmir after the earthquake on 31 October 2020 (R). EPA-EFE/MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES HANDOUT ed/cropped — HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

In 1999, two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey.

AFAD said Friday’s earthquake had a magnitude of 6.6, with 1,855 aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0 and the Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul said it was 6.9.

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