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Earthquake horror in Greece and Turkey leaves Canterbury couple shaken

A couple holidaying in Turkey fled their hotel in terror last night after it was shaken by an earthquake which killed two people on the nearby island of Kos.

Sophie Wild and Harry Fitt had been coming to the end of a nine-night break in Altinkum when the quake struck the resort at 1.30am as they slept.

Bank customer representative Sophie, 21, told KentOnline: "We were woken by a loud banging. The room was shaking and we knew it was an earthquake. I have never been so terrified."

Sophie Wild and Harry Fitt on holiday in Turkey before the earthquake struck
Sophie Wild and Harry Fitt on holiday in Turkey before the earthquake struck

"We thought the hotel was crumbling and ran out as other people were banging on doors to get people out."

The powerful quake off Bodrum, which measured 6.7 on Richter Scale, rocked holiday resorts across the area causing widespread damage. On Kos, the ceiling of a bar collapsed, killing a Swedish and Turkish tourist.

Another Swedish visitor is said to have lost both his legs and at least 70 people have been taken to hospital in Bodrum with injuries, some serious.

A map of the region affected by the earthquake
A map of the region affected by the earthquake

 It also sparked a small tsunami which flooded beachfront hotels along the Aegean coast, with Bodrum and Marmaris worst affected.

Thousands of tourist spent the night outside and rescuers searched the rubble looking for any more victims.

The quake also caused widespread powercuts across the area.

Sophie, who was flying home with her boyfriend after their ordeal this morning, said: "We were told it was safe to go back into the hotel about half and hour later but because of the constant tremors and cracks in the walls we opted to stay outside.

"A lot of people ended up sleeping in cars on the beaches and sunbeds around the pool to avoid being near the building."

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