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Advice issued to Irish travelling to Greece and Turkey following major earthquake

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said there are no indications of any Irish citizens being involved in the earthquake.

Rubble outside a bar on the Greek island of Kos where two people were killed during an earthquake on Friday morning.
Rubble outside a bar on the Greek island of Kos where two people were killed during an earthquake on Friday morning.
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IRISH PEOPLE TRAVELLING in or to Greece and Turkey have been advised to follow the directions of local authorities in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the Dodecanese region.

Two people died on the Greek island of Kos when the earthquake struck in the early hours of this morning. The epicentre of the quake was very close to hugely popular Turkish and Greek holiday resorts on the Aegean Sea.

The quake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale and the region has experienced several aftershocks in its aftermath with further shocks predicted.

Kos Airport was temporarily closed this morning, but has since reopened and is operating with some delays.

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) recommends that anyone travelling in the region contact their travel agent or tour operator for the latest update.

“Tour operators are working with local authorities to assess any damage and support any Irish travellers who may require assistance,” the ITAA said.

The ITAA has advised anyone in the regions affected to follow the advice of local authorities and their travel provider.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said: “There are no indications of any Irish citizens being involved.”

Irish couple Kerry and Mandy Mink, who are holidaying in Marmaris, more than 100km from the earthquake’s epicentre, told TheJournal.ie that their fifth floor apartment “shook and swayed violently” when the quake struck.

Anyone with serious concerns for Irish citizens in the area can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs on +353 1 408 2527.

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