Families from the south caught up in the Agean natural disaster

Elias Hubbard
July 21, 2017

A powerful overnight natural disaster shook holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey, injuring almost 500 people and leaving two tourists dead on the Greek island of Kos, where revelers at a bar were crushed in a building collapse.

The epicentre of the 6.5 magnitude quake struck at about 1.31am about 15 kilometres east of the island and trembled other tourist hubs, Bodrum and Datca, on Turkey's Aegean coastline.

Two men, from Sweden and Turkey, died on the Greek island of Kos, while around 200 other people were injured in the quake which also caused cracks to walls and flooding in some buildings in the Turkish resort of Bodrum.

"We are operating in the main town, and will remain there", he said. He said another Turkish national was injured, adding: "All of our state's institutions are here for our citizens".

A magnitude 6.7 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing considerable damage, but the effects of this one would have been dampened by seas.

Television footage from the Mugla province showed hundreds of people abandoning their buildings and waiting on the streets, as others ran away from buildings on roads.

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 358 people were hurt in the natural disaster.

She said: "We were asleep in our hotel room when we were woken by really violent shaking, and we all were screaming and told to evacuate from the hotel".

Photo A bar on the island of Kos, Greece, that partially collapsed during a temblor on Friday, killing a 22-year-old Swede and a 39-year-old Turk.

There have been no reports of any injuries to British holidaymakers, said Abta, but some tourists spoke of their shock after experiencing the natural disaster.

Rescuers were checking for people trapped inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night and were heading to outlying villages to check for damage. "I've never experienced such a thing". The Kos hospital said at least 20 of the injured had broken bones.

In Bitez, a resort town about 6 kilometers (4 miles) west of Bodrum, the quake sent frightened residents running into the streets.

Hackland was one of many tourists who were forced to spend the night outdoors on Kos, with many sleeping on sunbeds along beaches. There were no fatalities in Turkey.

Around 200,000 tourists were on the island at the time of the quake, said Konstantina Svinou, President of the Hoteliers Association of Kos.

"All of a sudden it felt like a train was going right through the room", said Vernon Hausman, a German holidaying on Kos. "It's only the main town that has a problem". The 6.5-magnitude quake struck about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

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