Powerful earthquake hits Turkey and Greece, triggers mini-tsunami. Scores injured.

A powerful earthquake caused chaos in Turkey and Greece. Land near Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos shook destroying a number of houses.

7.0 magnitude tremor was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 10km and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul.

The shallow tremor triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos.

Turkey said 12 people had died and 419 were injured in the city of Izmir. On Samos, two teenagers were killed.

Turkey and Greece both sit on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

Footage showed buildings tumbling down, and people scrambling over rubble looking for survivors.

There were reports of flooding in Izmir after the sea level rose, and some fishermen are said to be missing.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government would help those affected by the quake “with all the means available to our state”.

In neighbouring Greece, two teenagers were killed when a wall collapsed on Samos. Eight people were injured across the island.

A mini-tsunami flooded the port of Samos and a number of buildings were damaged. Greek officials put the magnitude of the tremor at 6.7.

Residents were urged to stay outdoors and keep away from coastal areas.

About 45,000 people live on Samos. While Izmir, is Turkey’s third largest city with the population of nearly three million.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he called President Erdogan “to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life from the earthquake that struck both our countries”.

“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” Mr Mitsotakis wrote in a tweet.

In January more than 30 people were killed and more than 1,600 injured when an earthquake struck Sivrice in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province.

In July 2019, the Greek capital Athens was hit by a tremor that knocked out power to large parts of the city.

A powerful quake that struck the Turkish city of Izmit, near Istanbul, in 1999 killed about 17,000 people.