Distressing video showed how an apartment complex collapsed into rubble as terrified locals fled following a 7 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Greece.
It unclear if there have been any fatalities following the collapse of the tower block in Izmir, Turkey, which is said to have housed 21 families.
The video shows how the building was left sagging after the tremor before suddenly collapsing into a cloud of dust.
At least four people have died and 120 people were injured in the earthquake. A further 70 people have been rescued so far, authorities say.
The earthquake epicentre was just two kilometres off the coast of Samos, a Greek island which is a short distance from the Turkish mainland.
Dozens of people are now feared trapped under rubble after over a dozen buildings fell across the region.
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Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 7.0.
It struck at around 2pm local time and was felt along Turkey’s Aegean coast and the northwestern Marmara region, media said.
The huge tremor had a depth of 5km (about 3 miles), according to early reports.
The Dodecanese Islands – which includes Rhodes – are a chain of island in the Aegean Sea near Greece and Turkey and are popular with British tourists.
Ilke Cide, a doctoral student who was in Izmir’s Guzelbahce region during the earthquake, said he went inland after waters rose after the earthquake.
“I am very used to earthquakes… so I didn’t take it very seriously at first but this time it was really scary,” he said, adding the earthquake had lasted for at least 25-30 seconds.
The Turkish Interior Minister Soylu says six buildings have fallen down in Bornova and Bayrakli in Izmir area
Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum put the number of collapsed buildings in the area at five, and added that some people were stuck under the rubble.
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