Turkey hit by ‘tsunami’ as people run in terror after huge 7 magnitude earthquake

Footage has shown streets of a Turkish city underwater after unconfirmed reports said a tsunami hit the region following a huge earthquake.

A 7 magnitude quake struck off the coast earlier today, with at least six buildings destroyed in the city of Izmir.

Videos have since circulated online of rising water levels and streets flooded.

Journalist Twitter account @csagir2015 shared one video from Izmir of water flowing through the streets.

“More videos about small tsunami following the #earthquake in #Izmir in Western Turkey,” they wrote.

In another video, water can be seen spilling over the banks on the coast.

Authorities are yet to confirm whether a tsunami has hit, but high tidal wave warnings are in place in Samos.

There have so far been no reports of casualties from the various provinces worst affected, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.



Izmir flooded after the earthquake struck
Izmir flooded after the earthquake struck

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometres and registered at 6.6 magnitude.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicentre 13 kilometres north-north-east of the Greek island of Samos.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.

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