At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Greek Islands and Turkey’s Aegean Coast in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Greek island of Kos, a popular tourist destination, appears to have been the worst hit.
Rescue authorities said that two men—a Turk and a Swede—died when a popular Kos bar, the White Corner Club, collapsed after the quake struck at about 1.30 am. The dead holidaymakers have not yet been named.
Greek officials said at least five other people were seriously injured as tourists and local residents scrambled out of buildings, with some even leaping from balconies.
Those who suffered serious injuries were transported by helicopter to a hospital on the island of Crete.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 21, 2017
“There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans were making noise,” Christopher Hackland, a Scottish diving instructor, told the Associated Press.
“There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel. It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you’re upside down.”
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 21, 2017