Strong quake in Turkey injures 266

AFP-JIJI

More than 250 people were wounded Saturday when a magnitude-6.9 undersea earthquake sparked panic in northwestern Turkey.

Television footage showed hundreds of terrified residents fleeing buildings in several Turkish towns after the quake hit at 9:25 a.m.

Turkey’s Emergency Services Department said 266 people were wounded. “The quake caused some damage to homes, but no serious destruction has been reported,” department official Murat Nurlu said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was under the Aegean Sea off the Greek island of Lemnos.