Turkey´s earthquake toll rises to 114, and searches have stopped

The death toll from the earthquake that struck western Turkey on Friday has reached 114, according to what was announced Wednesday, the rescue teams that have finished searching the rubble.

The Turkish government authority for disaster management said: "The earthquake, which reached 7 degrees on the Richter scale, caused 1035 injuries, of whom 137 are still in hospitals."

The authority indicated that paramedics stopped their efforts to search for potential survivors or victims, while the authorities began to remove the rubble.

The city worst affected by the earthquake is Barakli in Izmir province, where a three-year-old girl was pulled out on Tuesday, after spending 91 hours trapped under the rubble.

The joy of saving the child was not complete, as her 38-year-old mother was found dead under the rubble of the same room, according to Turkish media.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed or severely damaged by the earthquake, which displaced more than five thousand people, who are currently staying in tents installed by the authorities in Izmir.

And 1855 aftershocks were recorded in the region, including 46, whose strength exceeded four degrees, according to the Turkish authorities.

The earthquake killed two people on the Greek island of Samos.

Turkey frequently witnesses earthquakes, and Friday's earthquake raised fears of a major earthquake in the Istanbul region.

In 1999, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul.

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