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Earthquake in the Aegean hits Greek and Turkish resorts

Joanne Parkinson

23rd July 2017

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Kos and Bodrum in Turkey at 1.31am on Friday as many people were out enjoying the nightlife. Two people died, hundreds were injured and the damage to some traditional buildings was extensive.

Mitigation strategies have saved many people in this earthquake.  Most buildings in both Kos and Turkey stayed upright and stable due to strict anti-seismic planning laws; reducing the death and injury toll.  Most people who were affected were either within a nightclub where a wall collapsed in Kos Town or injured in the panic as people fled buildings to get out into the open.

Many people stayed out in the open all night, over fears of another earthquake; despite the fact that most of the hotels were unaffected by the quake.  The initial panic subsided and transport and communications, whilst temporarily affected were working as normal with flights leaving Kos airports as per schedule.  Kos Town's harbour however still remains closed.

There further tremors occurred, all under 5 and it appears that the activity is settling down for now; although many seismologists have highlighted this area of the Aegean as a hot spot for earthquake activity as pressure has been building along this fault line.

The Guardian has several reports regarding the event here -

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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