Rescue workers scrambled into the early morning Saturday in a frantic effort to save people trapped under debris in the western Turkish city of Izmir, several hours after a major earthquake in the Aegean Sea leveled several buildings and severely damaged many more.

At least 24 people were killed in Turkey and hundreds were reported injured, officials said. Another two people were killed in Greece from the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.0 according to the United States Geological Survey, and was centered off Samos, a Greek island near Turkey’s coast.

More than 1,200 workers were involved in rescue efforts involving at least 13 buildings in Izmir, the country’s third-most populous city with about three million people. Images posted to social media and videos aired on state television showed people being pulled from the rubble into the embrace of loved ones.

ImageRescue workers continued to search for survivors in Izmir into the night.
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