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At least 27 people were killed Tuesday when a powerful earthquake struck just north of Athens, trapping dozens beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Dozens more were reported missing, and rescue workers were on the scene digging through the debris in search of survivors.
The 10-second quake, registering a magnitude of 5.8, struck just before 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) and was centered about 24 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of the Greek capital.
Hello Greek friends and the rest,
Sadly, I have learned about another earthquake this time in Greece. Luckily, it wasn't as powerful as the one in Turkey, but big enough to make itself noticed and there has been some casualties (the official death toll at the time of writing says around 27, that is way lower than Turkish figure, and hope it just stays there!)
These earthquakes are horrific times for the people. As a turk living in the US, I was deeply saddened by the quake in Turkey. My aunt and her family was living right near Izmit and they lost their apartment and all their belongings, but luckily they were all safe. We can always put things back together, but can't replace lives lost. I have put down more on my web page, you can check it out at http://www.concentric.net/~Tapkan/quake.htm
About this fresh earthquake happened in Greece, I am buffled and amazed. My deep condolences... Hope the loss of life stays minimal along with property loss. Also I read Turkish government and other organizations offered similar and tried to return the good deed back. As an old turkish saying goes "Dost kotu gunde belli olur", translation "Friends show themselves on bad days".
Let this earthquake be it and have both Greek and Turkish nations close together and go through these difficult times. We both have a lot to offer to each other, especially support. Let's bury the hatchet and don't let dirty politics get involved again. Peace to all and be safe!
To all our Greek friends,
May those who suffer from the loss of their loved ones find temporary relief in knowing that we share their grief. We are neighbors and unfortunately, among the many beautiful things we share, there is also the tragedy of earthquakes. While the numbers in loss of lives of both earthquakes may not be comparable, to every single family, Turkish or Greek, the loss of a loved one is a tragedy which cannot be measured.
May I present my deepest and most sincere thoughts to those who lost a family member or a friend today and also thank our good neighbors for their invaluable help when tragedy struck our side of the border.
Cuneyt Ornek Montreal
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to our Greek friends who have just suffered from an earthquake!
Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you as you have done for us when we were helpless and pain stricken. Please accept our shoulder to lean on as you have so generously offered yours when we needed it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this hour of terror.
Ibrahim H Caglayan Ankara TURKEY
To all our brothers from Turkey,
thank you for your kindness and the warmth of your hearts. It was a shock for all of us here in Athens because the sesmic fault was last activated around 1750 ! So far there are 41 confirmed dead -most of them children-and 70 or more trapped under the ruins...The first foreign team to reach Athens were our brothers from Turkey and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Lets keep our newfound friendship alive, Thank you again
Despoina from Athens
We express our deepest sympathy and support of
the people of Greece for the awful disaster that struck Athens.
We will never forget the kind support of the Greek people during the Turkish disaster and today we are ready to do what we can to help our sisters and brothers in Greece.
We hope that the worst is over and all of those trapped will survive alive.
God bless you all...
first of all, please kindly note that our thoughts are always with you.. Day and night I send prayer for all greek friends. We lost here everything but this disaster teached us to share and to help others.I cried lot after earthquake in Turkey but I spend my last rest tears for all our greek friends who suffered from earthquake in Athen.I hope, the death toll will not rise further. And we are ready to do what I am ready to help for all my friends in Greece.
for the better world ,