At least two dead on the Greek island of Kos by a heavy earthquake

At least two dead on the Greek island of Kos by a heavy earthquake

Photo: Mike Verbruggen

On the southwest coast of Turkey is at the beginning of the night of Thursday to Friday a heavy earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 was measured. On the nearby Greek island of Kos are, therefore, at least two deaths.

The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers from the coast of the tourist resort of Bodrum. The two people dead in a bar in Kos town, where the roof collapsed. According to local authorities, is a Turkish and a Swedish tourist. In the city was a lot of people relaxing outside on the leg.

Local authorities also reported of at least 120 wounded. According to Greek media hit at least one tourist was injured when they panic from the balcony of her apartment on the first floor jump. The Greek fire brigade says that they are three seriously injured people rescued from a collapsed building.

From Bodrum are also many messages of damage. Yet it seems to fall, the mayor of the Turkish resort of. A few people were slightly wounded and the damage to buildings is immense.

The United States Geological Survey reports that the quake at 1.31 pm local time, 0.31 pm Dutch time) took place. The European aardbevingscentrum EMSC is reporting that the earthquake a small tsunami has caused.


Flooding and damage in Kos and Bodrum after earthquake


By the tidal wave as a result of the earthquake were buildings and streets in Bodrum under water. Also fell in many places the stream.

The earthquake was 10 kilometers under seabed is very shallow. According to various messages was the earthquake in the surroundings of Bodrum to feel deep in Greece. The EMSC proposes that more than 7 million people in the earthquake have been able to feel.

A small tsunami is confirmed. AVOID BEACHES IN THE AREA, but you are safe on higher grounds


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23:09 – 20 July 2017


Bodrum is a tourist attraction and popular among the Dutch. On the nearby Greek island of Kos to celebrate also a lot of Dutch tourists on holiday. Many hotel guests would have been woken by the violent shaking and several guests standing on the street in anticipation of the messages.

Also from the distant Greek island of Rhodes come messages from the startled Dutch tourists.

Or there is the Dutch victims, the ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday morning not say. The ministry says in contact with all the local authorities to find out. If you have family or friends that are now on Kos to stay and no contact with them, can register with Foreign Affairs in The Hague.


The Dutch travel organization TUI let us know at this moment more than 2700 leisure guests to Kos to have to sit. “Our tour guides go along the hotels to see how the guests, and in which the hotels are located,” said a spokesman.

According to the spokesperson, the airport on Kos yet, up to 14.00 hours closed. “For Saturday from the Netherlands for two flights with holidaymakers planned. Or they are actually to the island depart, is sorted out.”

A flight of Transavia to Kos departs Friday morning, later than scheduled from amsterdam airport Schiphol. Flight HR 5041 would be according to schedule to 05.45 depart, but the flight is now before 09.30 hours scheduled. The aircraft with 186 passengers almost full, said a spokesman for Easyjet.

We take stock of the situation on Kos and Bodrum. Holidaymakers wake up startled by the earthquake. Updates via our fb page. #earthquake


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01:03 – 21 July 2017


Just after the earthquake, there are aftershocks have been in the coastal area of Turkey. The EMSC has at least five aftershocks detected. Eyewitnesses report that there around 7.30 am on Friday morning several aftershocks feel.

In the area near Greece and Turkey are more frequent earthquakes. Turkey is located between the Arabian plate and the Eurasian plate. The sliding of these tectonic plates can quakes cause.

During earthquakes in 1999 in Turkey, approximately 20,000, and in Greece more than 140 people killed.

Earthquake hits Turkey and Greece

A powerful earthquake in the south-west coast of Turkey has for floods provided in the tourist resort of Bodrum.
© George Bisharas

The earthquake caused damage to the hotel buildings.
© Caresla Builder

The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers from the coast of the tourist resort of Bodrum.
© Mike Verbruggen

Also on the nearby Greek island of Kos was a lot of damage and flooding.

By the earthquake are at least two deaths.

Local authorities also reported dozens of wounded.
© Mike Verbruggen

From Bodrum are also many messages of damage.
© Mike Verbruggen

In Kos, the earthquake caused holes in the road.
© Rethmeier

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