Earthquake strikes in Aegean Sea off coast of Turkey, Greece

By Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 5:14 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020
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11:03 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Buildings damaged on Greek island of Samos

From CNN's Elinda Labropoulou

The earthquake has caused damage on the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean sea.

Greece's Institute of Geodynamics said the quake's epicenter was in the sea 19 km north of the island, at a depth of 2 km from the surface. 

Photographs have emerged of a large church on Samos which has partly collapsed.

The quake was also felt in the Greek capital of Athens.

9:34 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Turkish president pledges to "stand by" affected citizens

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul

Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier on Friday.
Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier on Friday.  Islam Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted “Get well soon İzmir” in the aftermath of the quake.

“With all the means of our state, we stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake. We took action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers,” Erdogan added. 

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management said that the epicenter of the quake was 17 km (11 miles) off Izmir's coast, at a depth of 16 km in the Aegean sea.

9:09 a.m. ET, October 30, 2020

At least 20 buildings damaged in Turkish city of Izmir 

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul

Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

At least 20 buildings have been damaged in the Turkish city of Izmir, its mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk. 

Soyer said there were no reports of casualties as of now.

The quake struck 19 km north of Greece's Samos Island in the eastern Aegean Sea, according to the Athens Earthquake Institute.

12:04 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Major earthquake strikes Aegean Sea near Turkey and Greece

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul

A view of damaged buildings in the aftermath of the earthquake in Izmir, Turkey on October 30.
A view of damaged buildings in the aftermath of the earthquake in Izmir, Turkey on October 30. Mehmet Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least six buildings have fallen in the Turkish cities of Izmir, Bornova and Bayrakli after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea nearby, according to the Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Soylu said there were no reports of loss of life in several cities.

“Our teams continue their screening and interventions in the field," he said in a tweet Friday.

Arwa Damon reports: