Hundreds of people were injured and at least two were killed in a powerful overnight earthquake that jolted Greece and Turkey on Thursday.
In the early morning hours Friday, thousands of panicked and terrified vacationers and locals streamed outside to seek refuge and avoid any building collapse.
According to sources, hundreds of people were wounded across the region as buildings rattled and shook. Some people leaped from balconies and many others sustained light injuries while escaping their homes.
As for the two people who were killed, they were two men tourists who were on the Greek island of Kos when the place they were in collapsed on top of them. Local police reported that the men were visiting from Sweden and Turkey.
On Kos Island alone, more than 100 people were injured out of which a dozen were injured seriously, including a Swedish tourist who lost a leg. Many flights were canceled in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake.
"All of a sudden it felt like a train was going right through the room," Vernon Hausman, a German tourist was reported as telling reuters.
The earthquake struck about 6 miles from Bodrum, Turkey, near the southwestern tip of the country and close to the famed Greek Isles beloved by tourists. It hit around 1:30 a.m. local time and was followed by several aftershocks.
Many people spent the night trying to sleep outdoors. Some travelers rushed to the airport on Kos, only to find flights had been canceled Friday.
A small tsunami also struck, scattering cars and boats across the Aegean Sea coastline, says Reuters.
Turkey's emergency authorities warned against aftershocks, but said there had been no casualties or major damage there. Some power cuts were reported, and a minaret in the town of Islamkoy was said to have collapsed.
Turkey sits across seismic fault lines and experiences small tremors nearly every day. In October 2011, more than 600 people died in the eastern province of Van following a 7.2-magnitude quake and powerful aftershocks. In 1999, two massive earthquakes killed about 20,000 people in Turkey's densely populated northwest.