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Jakarta Post

No Indonesian victims in Aegean Sea earthquake: Embassy in Turkey

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31, 2020   /   01:26 pm
No Indonesian victims in Aegean Sea earthquake: Embassy in Turkey Rescue operations take place on a site after an earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, in the coastal province of Izmir, Turkey on Friday. (Reuters/Kemal Aslan)

The Indonesian Embassy in Turkey has said that there are no reports of Indonesian victims from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea off the coasts of Turkey and Greece on Friday.

In a statement issued Friday, the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, said that it would continue coordination with local authorities and the Indonesian citizen protection task force in the country, in addition to communities in the affected region.

“So far, we have not received any reports regarding Indonesian nationals directly affected by the earthquake,” Harliyanto, the embassy’s citizen protection coordinator, said in a statement.

Ninety-eight Indonesian citizens are recorded to reside in Izmir, Turkey, and nearby regions that were affected by the tremor, according to embassy data. Most of them are students and spa workers. In total, around 5,000 Indonesians live in Turkey, including 2,700 students and 1,500 spa workers.

The embassy has opened a hotline for Indonesians citizens at +90-532-135-2298

The strong earthquake in the Aegan Sea located between the Turkish coast and Greek Island of Samos caused severe damages to buildings in Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara. Reports said that tremors were also felt in Istanbul, located 400 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake.

Neighboring cities Usak, Denizli, Manisa, Balikesir, Aydin and Mugla were also affected.

According to Reuters, the earthquake has killed at least 17 people in Turkey and two in Greece as of Saturday morning. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said 709 residents were injured, with at least 17 buildings that collapsed or saw damages.