21 July 201720:49

Press release on the Aegean Sea earthquake


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On the night of July 21, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres in the Aegean Sea, at a distance of 10 kilometres to the south of the Turkish resort town of Bodrum (Mugla Province) and not far from the Greek island of Kos.

Reports indicate that two people were killed, five badly wounded and over 150 injured in Greece. In Turkey, there were no lives lost among the local population or serious damage. (Several buildings were flooded in some communities due to a tidal wave.)

According to the preliminary information of the Russian Embassy in Athens and the Consulate General in Antalya, there are no casualties among Russian citizens.

Authorities are keeping the situation under control. The international airport on the island of Kos is operating as usual, and high-speed and low-displacement boats are running smoothly (servicing large ferries has been put on hold due to pier damage). Emergency response groups are working in the affected regions of Turkey.

Russians who are currently in the disaster area are recommended to stay calm, keep in contact with tour operators and hotel representatives, and follow local authorities’ instructions.

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