Powerful earthquake strikes off Turkey’s Aegean coast, north of the Greek island of Samos.
The powerful 7.0 magnitude tremor struck about 17km (11 miles) off the coast of western Izmir province and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul, the US Geological Survey said. There was no word on casualties but images from the Turkish city of Izmir showed buildings that had collapsed. Earthquakes are common in Turkey- about 17,000 people died in a quake in Izmir in 1999.
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