Two Teens Dead in Samos Earthquake

Αssociated Press

Damaged building are seen after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)

SAMOS – Two teenagers, a boy and a girl, most likely high school students, were crushed by a wall collapse in the city of Samos. According to ERT reporter Harry Zavoudakis, the two teens were crossing a narrow street in the city and the earthquake caused the wall to collapse. Emergency services at the scene removed the teens, who were unconscious, as confirmed by the local Fire Department.

According to the latest reports, the boy, 17, and girl, 15, were killed by the wall collapse.

So far, eight people were reported injured in the earthquake who are being treated in a hospital and a clinic on the island. According to information, their injuries were not life threatening.

Most damages were found on old houses in the towns of Pythagorio, Karlovasi and Vathy.

Part of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Karlovasi has collapsed. Nobody was inside the building.


Damage to buildings reported on Samos following strong earthquake. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

Earlier today, a strong earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, and officials said at least six people were killed and scores were injured.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers (8 miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0. It is common for preliminary magnitudes to differ in the early hours and days after a quake.

The earthquake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as the Greek capital, Athens, and in Bulgaria. In Turkey, it was also felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, including Istanbul. Istanbul's governor said there were no reports of damage in the city, Turkey's largest.

Mitsotakis expresses condolences to families of two children killed on Samos

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his sadness over the death of two children on Samos during the earthquake on Friday.

In a tweet, the premier said, "Words are not enough to describe what one feels at the loss of children. During such tough times, our thoughts are with their families and their unbearable pain on the suffering island of Samos. I express my most sincere condolences."