According to information released by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), at 14:51 on October 30, local time, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea near Izmir, a city in western Turkey, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers.
Izmir, Turkey, felt a strong earthquake. The earthquake has caused 24 deaths and 804 injuries in Turkey.
After the earthquake, the reporter immediately came to Baerikli, one of the hardest-hit areas in Izmir. This is a densely populated area with a large number of residential buildings. The reporter saw that many houses were more or less damaged in the earthquake.
One of the houses has completely collapsed. The original seven-story building collapsed to a height of only two or three stories. Due to the serious damage to the wall, the reporter could even see the squeezed furniture in the house, such as beds and sofas.
Some local residents wept bitterly around the collapsed ruins, because their family members are still in the ruins and their lives are uncertain. A local woman told reporters that many of her relatives, including grandmother, uncle, and aunt, were in the collapsed house, and she was waiting helplessly for the rescue results.
In addition, the reporter also saw an eight-story residential building tilted after the earthquake, making people feel shaky and at risk of collapse at any time. According to the Turkish Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, at least four houses completely collapsed in the earthquake.
The reporter saw a large number of fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, etc. at the scene, and related rescue work is underway.
The reporter finished the interview. After returning to the hotel, he also felt several aftershocks. The strongest one was about 2:00 in the morning. It was obvious that the ground was shaking from side to side.
It is understood that the magnitude of the largest aftershock in the area reached 5.1. Due to the continuous aftershocks and the fact that many houses have become dilapidated houses, many local people dare not return to their homes. They choose to take shelter in the empty park or lawn.
Some people have brought out food, water, blankets, etc. They don’t know when they will be able to return home.