Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

A 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, killing two people and injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife.

The epicenter of the quake was about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers, and 16 kilometers east of Kos, the US Geological Survey said.

“(There was) this loud rumbling noise and we all ran out… my four friends fell to the ground due to the place shaking so much,” 18-year-old Briton Harriet Longley told AFP from Kos.

“We all crawled out and managed to get down the stairs where the other guests were screaming.”

Television footage showed gutted stone buildings and island streets filled with rubble.

The quake, followed by scores of aftershocks, also toppled the minaret of an 18th-century Ottoman mosque and cracked the dock in the port of Kos, which has been shut down.

A small tsunami sent fishing boats crashing into Kos harbor and damaged cars in the resort of Gumbet outside Bodrum. (AFP)

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