Two strong aftershocks have hit the Greek island of Kos today following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and the Greek islands at 1:31 AM on Friday morning.
Two fatalities have been counted on the Greek island of Kos where a wall collapsed into the courtyard of a nightclub. One man was from Sweden and another from Turkey.
Kos has suffered serious damage to the port which they are still working to recover. Tourists should expect the port to be under construction and flights to be delayed. All scheduled ferry services are reported to be running from the smaller port of Kefalos until repairs have been made.
A mini tsunami in Bodrum caused by the earthquake saw hundreds more injured and extensive damage done to local hotels. Now business is said to be back and running as per usual.
Currently peak season for holiday makers visiting these coastal areas, there are an estimated 8,000 British people on the island alone. Many have found themselves sleeping outdoors on pool deck chairs for the fear of buildings collapsing.
Both Bodrum and Kos are on The Gap Maps Europe itinerary. If travelling to these areas be sure to check your official government website for safety recommendations such as the Australian Smart Traveller website. Always take into consideration your travel insurance and what you’re covered for. Usually package holidays will not be refunded if the hotel is still open for business. Revise your medical allowances and read the fine print regarding flight changes and damage to personal property.