İzmir earthquake toll rises to 114 as search and rescue efforts end
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Turkey on Wednesday ended search and rescue efforts in the debris of buildings that had collapsed during Friday's earthquake in the western İzmir province, with the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announcing the death toll as 114 in a statement.
“The work of search and rescue teams has been completed. We thank every worker and volunteer who contributed. We offer our most heartfelt gratitude,” AFAD Director Mehmet Güllüoğlu said on Twitter.
The 6.6 magnitude earthquake injured 1,035 people in Izmir and 137 were still being treated, AFAD said. U.S. Geological Survey has registered the magnitude as 7.0, approximately 12 times stronger than Turkey’s official figure.
In addition to the 114 victims in Turkey, two teenagers were reported dead on the Greek island of Samos, which was later confirmed by authorities.
The earthquake was the deadliest to strike Turkey in nearly a decade. More than 500 people were killed in a 2011 quake in the eastern city of Van. Two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey in 1999.