Volunteers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Izmir, on October 31, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkeys western coast and parts of Greece.
Volunteers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Izmir, on October 31, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkeys western coast and parts of Greece.
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The number of those killed in the wake of Friday's powerful earthquake in western Turkey has climbed up to 39, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced on Saturday.

"The death toll has risen to 39 people. Rescuers are working on the rubble of nine destroyed buildings in Izmir," the statement said.

The number previously stood at 37, with 885 injured.

On Friday, the 6.6 magnitude earthquake took place in western Turkey, with its epicentre located in the Aegean Sea near the city of Seferihisar in the Izmir province. The earthquake also affected nearby Greek islands, including Samos, where two people died and 20 were injured. Greek seismologists estimated the earthquake's magnitude at 6.9.

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