A cracked flag of Turkey

Rescuers have pulled out a four-year-old girl from the wreckage of a shattered building that collapsed during a magnitude-7 earthquake in Izmir, Turkey, on Friday, Al Jazeera reported.  

The earthquake had also affected some parts of Greece. 

One of the rescuers, Nusret Aksoy, had heard a child scream and located the child, he told Al Jazeera.

Aksoy saw the child next to a dishwasher.

He told Al Jazeera that the kid said her name to him and assured him she was ok. 

Rescuers took the girl, Ayda Gezgin, from the rubbles and wrapped her in a thermal blanket before she was put into an ambulance. 

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called the event a miracle and thanked Allah for the girl’s rescue.  

Ayda’s rescue came as Turkey’s death toll rose to more than 100. 

As of Tuesday, 109 citizens are already reported dead, while 1,036 are injured, said Turkey’s Ministry on Disaster and Emergency, AFAD.

In addition, 13 of the 17 buildings in Izmir, where the search and rescue operations are ongoing, have already been completed. 

Strong Children

The day before Ayda’s rescue, rescuers were also able to rescue two other kids, alive, from other collapsed buildings in Izmir. 

One is a three-year-old girl, Elif Perncek, and a fourteen-year-old, Idil Sirin. 

Turkish people searching the rubble for survivors

What Happened on Friday

On Friday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake sent Turkey’s buildings crashing down.

The earthquake also triggered a “mini tsunami” at the Aegean Sea, per CNN. 

In fact, an old lady drowned because of the small tsunami the earthquake created.

The earthquake also affected Greece and killed some of its citizens, including two teenagers. 

According to a CBC report, Turkey is situated on top of several fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.

The earthquake on Friday is so far the deadliest earthquake Turkey has experienced this year. 


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