Four dead and 120 injured in Turkey after strong earthquake topples buildings


A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, and officials said at least six people were killed and scores were injured.

A small tsunami struck the Seferisar district of Izmir, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. At least four people were slightly injured on Samos, where a tsunami warning was issued.

Six people were killed in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, including one who drowned, and 202 were injured, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD.

Rescue workers and local people try to reach residents trapped in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece (AP)
Rescue workers and local people carry a wounded person found in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece
Rescue workers and local people carry a wounded person found in the debris of a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece (AP)

Izmir Gov. Yavuz Selim Kosger said at least 70 people had been rescued from the wreckage.

He said four buildings were destroyed and more than 10 collapsed, while others also were damaged.

Search and rescue efforts were continuing in at least 12 buildings, AFAD said.

Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building, with people climbing it to start rescue efforts. Smoke rose from several spots.

People work on a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece.
People work on a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. (AP)

Videos on Twitter showed flooding in the Seferhisar district, and Turkish officials and broadcasters called on people to stay off the streets after reports of traffic congestion.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams were working in the city of Izmir.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the earthquake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometres and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicentre 13 kilometres north northeast of the Greek island of Samos.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0. It is common for preliminary magnitudes to differ in the early hours and days after a quake.

The environment and urban planning minister, Murat Kurum, said people were trapped under the wreckage and rescue efforts were underway.

People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece
Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building in central Izmir, with people climbing it to reach rescuers. (AP)

Greek seismologist Akis Tselentis told Greek state broadcaster ERT that the quake was believed to be the main earthquake, but that due to the shallow depth of its epicentre — roughly 10 kilometres — potentially powerful aftershocks could be expected for several weeks, or even a month, to come.

He said residents of affected areas must be careful not to enter buildings that might have been damaged in the initial quake, as they could collapse in a strong aftershock.

The earthquake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as the Greek capital, Athens, and in Bulgaria.

People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece
People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece (AP)
People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece
People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece (AP)

In Turkey, it was also felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, including Istanbul. Istanbul’s governor said there were no reports of damage in the city, Turkey’s largest.

On the Greek island of Samos, damage was reported in buildings and the road network, while a tsunami warning was issued, with residents told to stay away from the coast. Water rose above the dock in the main harbour of Samos and flooded the street.

Residents have also been told to stay away from buildings, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area.

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The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the Greek capital, Athens (KOERI)

The Greek minister responsible for civil protection and crisis management, Nikos Hardalias, was heading to Samos, as were a search and rescue team, paramedics, and engineers.



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Top 25 roundup: No. 21 Texas A&M topples No. 4 Florida



Oct 10, 2020; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies kicker Seth Small (47) kicks the game winning field goal to defeat the Florida Gators at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

October 11, 2020

Seth Small connected on a 26-yard field goal as time expired to lift No. 21 Texas A&M to a 41-38 comeback win over No. 4 Florida on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The Aggies (2-1) secured their first win over an Associated Press top 5-ranked team in the three-year tenure of coach Jimbo Fisher. The lone giveaway by the Gators (2-1) — — a fumble by running back Malik Davis — cost them the game.

Texas A&M’s running game proved to be the difference as the Aggies totaled 205 rushing yards on the ground, led by Isaiah Spiller’s 174 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Texas A&M senior quarterback Kellen Mond completed 25 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns as Texas A&M totaled 543 yards on offense.

Florida’s offense had no trouble moving the ball throughout the game. Quarterback Kyle Trask completed 23 of 32 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

No. 1 Clemson 42, No. 7 Miami 17

Trevor Lawrence passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the host Tigers clobbered the Hurricanes.

Clemson moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Miami (3-1, 2-1) suffered its first loss of the season. The victory was Clemson’s 25th in a row at home, extending the nation’s longest active home winning streak.

Lawrence completed 29 of 41 passes, and senior running back Travis Etienne had 17 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yarder with 7:56 left in the third quarter that gave Clemson some breathing room, 28-10.

No. 2 Alabama 63, Ole Miss 48

Najee Harris rushed for 206 yards and a school-record five touchdowns, and Mac Jones passed for two as the Crimson Tide defeated the Rebels in an SEC shootout in Oxford, Miss.

The Crimson Tide (3-0) gained 723 yards and the Rebels (1-2) had 647 for the most combined yards in an SEC game.

Jones completed 28 of 32 passes for 417 yards. One of his touchdown passes went to DeVonta Smith, who had 164 yards on 13 catches and also ran for a touchdown. Matt Corral completed 21 of 28 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns for the Rebels, who kept pace until the final few minutes.

No. 3 Georgia 44, No. 14 Tennessee 21

Stetson Bennett threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lift the Bulldogs to a victory over the Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference contest in Athens, Ga.

Georgia (3-0, 3-0) allowed only 71 yards and four first downs after halftime, erasing a 21-17 halftime deficit with 27 straight unanswered points. The Bulldogs held the Volunteers (2-1, 2-1) to minus-1 yard on 27 rushes.

Bennett completed 16 of 27 passes for 238 yards with no interceptions. Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed 23 of 36 passes for 215 yards with an interception. He was sacked five times.

No. 5 Notre Dame 42, Florida State 26

Ian Book threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one more, Kyren Williams added two rushing touchdowns, and the Fighting Irish held on for a win over the Seminoles in South Bend, Ind.

Chris Tyree also rushed for a touchdown for Notre Dame (3-0, 2-0 ACC), which won its 21st consecutive home game. It is the longest home winning streak for the Fighting Irish since they won 28 straight from 1942-50.

Jordan Travis completed 13 of 24 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Florida State (1-3, 0-3). Travis became the third quarterback to start for the Seminoles this season. Book finished with 201 passing yards while completing 16 of 25 throws, but the Fighting Irish ground game made the difference. Notre Dame ended with 42 carries for 353 yards for an average of 8.4 yards per attempt.

No. 8 North Carolina 56, No. 19 Virginia Tech 45

Michael Carter rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns and the Tar Heels generated 656 yards of offense in a victory over the Hokies in Atlantic Coast Conference play in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Javonte Williams, Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome also scored two touchdowns apiece for the Tar Heels (3-0, 3-0 ACC). Williams rushed for 169 yards on 20 carries and Sam Howell completed 18 of 23 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

Hokies starter Braxton Burmeister completed 7 of 15 passes for 79 yards and added 51 rushing yards before giving way to Hendon Hooker. Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert, who came in as the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 138 yards on 18 carries.

No. 13 Auburn 30, Arkansas 28

Anders Carlson kicked a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining and the host Tigers survived four Feleipe Franks touchdown passes to edge the Razorbacks.

Tigers quarterback Bo Nix passed for 187 yards and a touchdown and also scored a rushing touchdown. Freshman Tank Bigsby rushed for 146 yards, while Anthony Schwartz caught 10 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown for Auburn (2-1).

Franks passed for 318 yards, while De’Vion Warren caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (1-2).

No. 15 BYU 27, UTSA 20

Zach Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, leading the Cougars to a win over the Roadrunners in Provo, Utah.

The Roadrunners made it interesting, holding the high-scoring Cougars to their lowest point total of the season and rallying in the fourth quarter. But BYU was able to hang on and stay undefeated at 4-0.

The Cougars held the nation’s leading rusher, UTSA’s Sincere McCormick, to 42 yards on 11 carries. But backup quarterback Lowell Narcisse, a second-quarter substitute, threw for 229 yards and two scores as the Roadrunners (3-2) fought back in the fourth quarter.

Missouri 45, No. 17 LSU 41

Connor Bazelak passed for 406 yards and four touchdowns and Missouri used a last-minute goal-line stand to upset LSU in a Southeastern Conference game in Columbia, Mo.

Bazelak threw a 69-yard completion to Chance Luper to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Niko Hea to give Missouri (1-2, 1-2 SEC) the winning points with 5:18 left.

LSU (1-2, 1-2) drove to a first-and-goal at the 1 but gained no yards on two rushes and threw two incompletions, turning the ball back over on downs with 16 seconds left. Myles Brennan completed 29 of 48 passes for 430 yards and four touchdowns for LSU, which did not convert any of its 10 third-down opportunities.

Oklahoma 53, No. 22 Texas 45 (4 OT)

Tre Brown intercepted Sam Ehlinger’s pass in the end zone in the fourth overtime to lift the Sooners to a wild quadruple-overtime win over the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Ehlinger had lifted the Longhorns late, leading two touchdown drives in the final five minutes of regulation, and was mostly excellent in overtime until the Sooners’ dormant defense finally came up with big stops in the third and fourth overtimes.

After neither team scored in the third overtime, Drake Stoops caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and Spencer Rattler found Theo Wease for the two-point conversion to put the Longhorns’ backs against the wall.

No. 24 Iowa State 31, Texas Tech 15

Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes, Breece Hall rushed for two scores and the Cyclones defense put the clamps on the Red Raiders’ potent offense in a victory at Ames, Iowa.

Purdy completed 32 of 43 pass attempts for 302 yards. He did not have an interception. He spread his completions to 11 different receivers, led by Xavier Hutchinson’s nine receptions for 77 yards. Hall, the leading rusher in the Big 12 coming into Saturday, gained 135 yards on 27 carries.

Texas Tech (1-3, 0-3) entered the game averaging 512 yards, ranking ninth in the nation, but mustered only 270 against the Cyclones.

–Field Level Media





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Deadly Storm Topples Trees in Victoria, Australia


Deadly Storm Topples Trees in Victoria, Australia

Two people were killed when trees fell on their cars in separate incidents during a severe storm in Victoria, on August 27, police said. A 36-year-old female passenger died after a tree struck the vehicle she was in as it travelled along a highway in Fernshaw. Meanwhile, a 59-year-old man was killed after a tree fell and crushed the car he was in as he left a shopping centre car park in Belgrave. Media citing police reported a young boy also died after being hit by a falling tree in Blackburn South, in Melbourne’s east. The Bureau of Meteorology issued several warnings for damaging winds across the region, while Victoria SES volunteers responded to almost 1,800 requests for assistance in the area. Footage shows a tree that had toppled over in the strong winds in Melbourne. Credit: @madasnatalie via Storyful



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Zelfa Barrett topples Eric Donovan with ‘savage’ hook, video


British boxer Zelfa Barrett has delivered a vicious knock out blow during Saturday’s super-featherweight bout against Eric Donovan.

During the clash at Brentwood, Barrett fired the left hook after dodging Donovan’s right jab in the eighth round.

Even though his opponent had dominated the opening six rounds, momentum shifted in Barrett’s favour after he snared two knockdowns in the seventh.

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With the TKO victory, the 27-year-old claims the IBF intercontinental super-featherweight title — boxing promoter Eddie Hearn labelled it one of the best wins of the year.

“He came back from the depths, I had him 4-1 down after five,” Hearn said.

“In this kind of environment. Without a crowd, sometimes you come in and are a little bit flat, and all of a sudden, your career can be completely turned on its head, we saw it with Jono Carroll this week. And that nearly happened to Zelfa Barrett tonight.

“In the end, it was his power that shone through. Unbelievable finish, one of the knockouts of the year. This guy has such a big future.

“Eric Donovan is devastated. He gave everything and he’ll be back as well.”

Barrett’s professional record improves to 24 wins — including 15 KO victories — and just one loss, which came against former British powerhouse Ronnie Clark in 2018.

“He’s a good boxer, he was catching me, I had to dig deep and throw and I caught him,” Barrett said.

“I’m a bit annoyed because it was my Matchroom debut, but it is what it is.”

Sports journalist Chris McKenna tweeted: “Eric Donovan boxed the perfect fight but against a bigger man and much bigger puncher it would only need one huge shot to land to turn it. Credit to Barrett. Dug deep and found it.

“Donovan deserves to get an opportunity at featherweight for that performance. Hopefully one of the big UK promoters gives him it.”

Former Irish boxer Matthew Macklin posted: “I had Donovan 5-1 up after 6 but massive 7th round from Barrett. Turned things around with that huge left hook. Fair play to both lads, great fight.”

The 35-year-old Donovan was unbeaten in 12 fights before Saturday’s encounter.

Meanwhile, British star Rachel Ball produced the first feel-good story of boxing’s lockdown with a shock upset win for the social worker underdog.

Adam Booth-managed Shannon Courtenay was the red hot favourite when the super-bantamweight fight was announced, but Ball was slowly backed once fans read up on her pedigree.

The three-time kickboxing world champion started sensationally with a first round knockdown, but Courtenay showed true grit and seemed to roar back into the lead.

But referee Howard Foster shocked the few staff inside Eddie Hearn’s back garden when he picked the away fighter 77-75.

The flame-haired marathon runner and down-to-earth girl could not beat back tears as she said: “Most of my fellow social workers, who I work with, only found out I box this afternoon so thanks to them for all their late support.

“I hardly ever cry but I am so happy, it means everything for me.

“It was a closer fight than I wanted but I got the win and I want to move on to big things now, I dream of a world title.”

Courtenay started the opener well, jabbing to the body because towering Ball’s head was seven inches above hers.

The Watford woman backed Ball up toward the end of the first and landed a right hand from a crouched position.

But Ball connected with a peach of a left hook that dropped the 27-year-old who was struggling in the first fair fight of her career.

Courtenay, 27, to her total credit battled her way back into the contest in the second, stalking and tagging Ball around the ring.

— With The Sun



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