“Shut up! Silence! Please be quiet! & Rdquor ;, shouted a member of the rescue team this morning in Smyrna, a day after the earthquake that hit the west coast of Turkey and the Greek Aegean Islands. “We need to hear inside! Silence! & Rdquor ;, he continued, while all the turkish televisions they broadcast the scene live.
This is what the rescue efforts of the possible survivors in Smyrna, the Turkey’s third largest city: in a live televised show.
At the moment, in the earthquake, which was 6,8 and has had hundreds of minor aftershocks, 30 people have died —Two in Greece and 28 in Turkey. But the number of Turkey could increase in the coming hours and days: according to the country’s authorities, under the runes there are still about 80 people trapped. It is unknown if alive or dead.
What the Turkish government has confirmed is that, after 24 hours of rescue efforts, 100 people have been removed from the debris alive. Also some cat.
If Turkey and Greece have shown anything in recent decades, it is to always be at odds; less when one of the two suffers a natural disaster, almost always related to earthquakes, because the two countries are located on a seismically active zone. This is what happened in the earthquake that Turkey suffered in 1999 —That left 17,000 dead– and it also happens now.
The two countries, faced in the MediterraneanThey have said to put aside their differences to help them. “Many thanks from the Republic of Turkey to all friendly nations and international organizations for their good wishes and support after the Izmir earthquake & rdquor ;, the Turkish President said this Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hours after having spoken by phone with the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.