The earthquake, which struck at 2.51pm local time on Friday, was a magnitude 7 and so far has led to 27 deaths and 800 injuries.

The Turkish city of Izmir was affected, along with the Greek islands of Samos and Chios. Small tsunami waves were reported along the coastline of both Greek islands as well as in the coastal Turkish city of Seferihisar.

Despite the current tensions between the two countries regarding hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, the foreign ministers have offered support to each other, as rescue and recovery missions are still taking place.

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