On Friday, a violent earthquake, measuring 7 on the Richter scale, hit the Turkish city of Izmir, resulting in deaths and injuries, with collapses in many buildings, in addition to similar damage on the Greek island of Samos.
The US Geological Survey said that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, separating Turkey and Greece.
The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Authority said that the number of victims rose to 12 dead and 419 injured.
The authority stated that search and rescue operations are continuing in 17 buildings.
The authority had indicated that 84 aftershocks were recorded in the aftermath of the earthquake, 16 of which had a magnitude of over 4 on the Richter scale.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 5 injured people are undergoing surgery and 8 others are in intensive care unit, after the earthquake in Izmir, Friday.
And the Turkish President had previously written, on Twitter: “A recovery soon, Izmir … with all the capabilities of our country, we stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake. We have taken measures to start the necessary work in the region with all our institutions and concerned ministers.
For its part, the Greek Ministry of Civil Protection confirmed that two teenagers, a boy and a girl, were killed on the island of Samos in the wake of the earthquake that struck the Aegean Sea off the coast of the Greek island.
A Greek TV correspondent who was near the rescue site described efforts to save the children. The reporter was not close enough to show a video of the rescue efforts. The deaths of the two are now widely reported in the Greek media.
Speaking to the Greek state radio station ERT, the head of Samos Hospital, Nikos Stefanis, said there was damage to buildings across the island, and the largest damage was reported in the Karlovasi district, northwest of Samos.
The head of Samos Hospital said the earthquake was very strong and lasted for a long time.
The Deputy Mayor of Samos Island, Giorgos Dionisio, told Greek media that the old buildings on the island have collapsed significantly.
And the Greek authorities asked the residents of Samos to stay away from beaches and buildings and to be alert in anticipation of a high wave.
There are old homes on the island. Residents have been required to vacate their homes for 48 hours for precautionary reasons.
Greek television showed footage of floods in some streets of the island, due to what is described as a small tsunami caused by the earthquake.
Several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France and the European Union, expressed their solidarity with Turkey and Greece, and their willingness to send aid to the two countries.