Strong quake hits Aegean coast, 2 killed

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People receive medical treatment in the garden of the Bodrum State Hospital following an earthquake on July 21, 2017 in Bodrum, southwestern Turkey.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Aegean Sea at 1:31 a.m. local time on Friday, rocking the nearby Turkish resort of Bodrum and the Greek island of Kos.

Two people – tourists from Turkey and Sweden – were killed when a wall collapsed on to a bar in the old town area of Kos, where more than 120 people on the island were injured.

No deaths have been reported in Turkey, but around 70 people are believed to have been treated for injuries in Bodrum. Some were treated in the garden of the city’s state hospital after the building was reportedly evacuated over fears of cracks in the walls.

A number of aftershocks have continued to shake the affected region, with several registering a magnitude of over 4.0.

Residents and tourists in Greek and Turkish resorts fled their homes and hotels, with many spending the night sleeping on the beach or on pool sun loungers.

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