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Death toll grows after 6.7 magnitude earthquake destroys houses in Greece and Turkey

At least 27 people were killed in Turkey and two in Greece on Friday when a powerful earthquake shook the Aegean, collapsing buildings and reportedly trapping people under rubble.

The earthquake struck with a magnitude up to 7.0, was felt in Athens and Istanbul, and triggered a mini-tsunami on the Greek island of Samos, where a teenage boy and girl were killed. 

Turkish officials said more than 800 people were injured by the earthquake, whose epicentre in the Aegean Sea was 8.6 miles off the town of Neon Karlovasion on Samos at a depth of 10.3 miles. 

Video shared on social media showed plumes of dust rising from collapsing buildings in the Turkish province of Izmir, while people crawled over destroyed structures searching for survivors.

About 20 buildings had collapsed in the coastal province, according to the mayor of Izmir city Tunc Soyer, with officials focusing their rescue efforts on 17 of them.

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