A strong earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island, killing at least 26 people, officials said.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered registered at a 6.6 magnitude.
“Words fail when children are lost. In these difficult hours, our thoughts turn to their families and Samos experiencing unbearable pain,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.
The quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the Aegean island of Samos.