The quake occurred about 17 km off the coast of Izmir and was felt as far as Athens and Istanbul, according to the USGS quoted by the BBC.

The earthquake took place at 13.51 local time (and Romanian time), 19 kilometers northwest of the island, at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Greek Observatory, writes news.ro

The local press in Samos writes that buildings and roads have been damaged. Buildings have collapsed in the province of Izmir. A tsunami alert has been issued in Kos Island.

The European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean (EMSC) estimates the intensity of the earthquake at 7 on the Richter scale.

“I felt a very strong earthquake, similar to an earthquake in Samos many years ago. People are panicking. They went out in parks and on the streets, “said the president of the staff at Samos Hospital on SKAI.

No one was injured at the hospital, he said.

The deputy mayor of East Samos announced that buildings had collapsed and high waves were reported.

A building collapsed at Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi, writes greekcitytimes.com.