The Latest: EU offers post-quake help to Greece
Kos, Greece – The last of an earthquake that shook the Aegean coast of Turkey and the surrounding Greek islands (all local time):
The EU provides emergency crews, staff and satellite imagery to help Greece cope with night earthquakes.
The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner for the apple, Christos Stylianides, expressed his condolences and said that “the EU offers its full support” after the earthquake on Friday that killed two people on the island of Kos. The earthquake, which also affected the Turkish coast near, injured nearly 200 people.
Stylianides office is in contact with Greek and credit officials to send equipment and to provide satellite imagery to help civil protection authorities locate victims or possible damages.
The wall of the broken dock rises several centimeters in the port after an earthquake in Kos, on the island of Kos, Greece, July 21, 2017. (Michael Probst / AP)
Seismic activity is frequent throughout the Aegean Sea.
Health officials say Greek 13 people have been flown by helicopter in hospitals in Athens and in the islands of Rhodes and Crete after the earthquake of early morning on Friday that killed two people in Kos.
A spokeswoman for a state hospital in the Crete city of Heraklion reported that it had received four patients, two of them critically, a head injury and a person who had to have a leg amputated because of a wound.
Authorities did not list the nationalities of the seriously injured, but police officers involved in the operation said a Norwegian citizen, a Turkish, an Albanian and a Greek were included in the list of patients transported by plane.
A church is damaged after an earthquake on the island of Kos, Greece, July 21, 2017. (Giannis Kiaris / EPA)
A senior Turkish official describes the Turkish citizen of a major earthquake on the Greek island of Kos.
Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu, who spoke Friday in the coastal city of Bodrum, said the tourist was called Sinan Kurdoglu. No further details were provided. He said another Turkish national was injured, adding, “All the institutions in our state are here for our citizens.”
Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 358 people were injured during the earthquake. Previously, the authorities said the injuries were mainly carried out while people fleeing their homes.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that a Turkish citizen died on the Greek island of Kos in the powerful earthquake that hit the region during the night.
The ministry said on Friday that a second Turkish national was in critical condition and was evacuated to Athens for treatment. He did not identify the victim, saying the authorities were still trying to reach their families.
Turkish authorities have sent a 250-person ship in the Turkish town of Bodrum to Kos to begin the evacuation of some 200 Turkish tourists stranded on the island, the ministry said.
He said that the Greek authorities had granted the ship a special permit to approach a pier in Kos, where the port and the customs building were damaged.