A powerful earthquake has struck Turkey’s Aegean coast, north of the Greek island of Samos.

The BBC reported that a tremor of 7.0 magnitude was recorded by the US Geological Survey near the Turkish province of Izmir and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul.

Turkey said six people had died and 202 were injured in Izmir and two teenagers were killed on the Greek island of Samos.

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

About 20 buildings are said to have collapsed in Izmir, and some fishermen are reportedly still missing.

Geological fault-lines mean earthquakes are common in the region, and more than 30 people were killed in January when an earthquake struck Sivrice in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province.

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