Hotel guests sleep outdoors after abandoning their rooms following an earthquake in Bitez, a resort town about 6km west of Bodrum, Turkey.
Hotel guests sleep outdoors after abandoning their rooms following an earthquake in Bitez, a resort town about 6km west of Bodrum, Turkey. Ayse Wieting

Quake shakes and floods islands and resorts

BEACHFRONT hotels have been flooded in Greek and Turkish holiday resorts after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake ripped through the Aegean yesterday killing at least two and injuring 100.

The mayor of the Greek island of Kos said at least two people died when a bar ceiling collapsed. There was no immediate information on their identity.

Rescue workers are scouring the rubble of collapsed roofs and facades for victims.

The severe earthquake struck the region shortly after 1.30am local time, triggering a 50cm tsunami that washed over parts of the island and flooded the foreshore of the Turkish resort cities of Bodrum and Marmaris.

The epicentre of the quake was 10km south of the major Turkish resort of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers in the summer, and 16km east of Kos, the US Geological Survey said. It had a depth of 10km.

An estimated 4.3 million people felt the quake with about 900,000 in the radius of greatest impact.

Dozens of aftershocks have been felt.

Turkish towns near the epicentre have gas leaks, broken water mains and downed powerlines.

Bodrum peninsula residents have said on social media they found it hard to stand as the ground shook beneath them.

Turkish media was yet to report any casualties.



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