The number of death in Aegean Sea earthquake that happened last week increased to 116 on Wednesday as saviors in the Turkish city of Izmir ended searching buildings that were failed in the quake.
In fact, all victims were killed in Izmir, which is the third-largest city in Turkey, exempted two. Moreover, two teenagers have died on Samos’ Greek island in the south of Friday’s earthquake’s epicenter, and the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake’s magnitude at 7.0, despite other agencies registered that it was less severe.
The head of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Mehmet Gulluoglu, reported that search and saving operations had been performed at 17 buildings that collapsed in Izmir. Since Friday, the rescue operation has been pulling 107 survivors from the rubble. The agency also said that of the 1,035 people wounded in the earthquake, 137 still hospitalized on Wednesday.
Otherwise, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening promised not to give up until the pulling of the final person. Rescuers’ spirits were increased on Tuesday when they pulled a 3-year-old girl from her family home’s rubble after 91 hours of the quake.
The people have felt the earthquakes over western Turkey, including in Istanbul, as well as in the Greek capital of Athens. There were certain 1,700 aftershocks, 45 of which were greater than 4.0 magnitudes.
In Izmir, the earthquake transferred buildings to rubble. Whereas, authorities have arrested nine people, including contractors, for asked them about the collapse of six of the buildings. Indeed, Turkey has a mix of older buildings and new buildings make of cheap or illegal constructions that do not support the earthquakes.
Regulations have been stretched to reinforce or destroy older buildings, and urban renewal is ongoing in Turkish cities; however the experts declars that it is not happening fast enough. Besides, the country exists on top of two major fault lines, so the quakes are frequent.