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Bar Point fire on the Hawkesbury River sees residents forced to flee by BOAT as two houses burn down

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Rural residents have been forced to flee their homes by boat after a fire burned down two houses and caused a bushfire on the Hawkesbury River.

A third home was damaged due to a property fire at the isolated community of Bar Point on the north bank of the river on the NSW Central Coast at 1am on Tuesday.

Bar Point is only accessible by boat, so the NSW Rural Fire Service was ferried to the fire by NSW Police and Marine Rescue NSW.  

One home that was destroyed by a property fire at the isolated community of Bar Point on the north bank of the Hawkesbury river on the NSW Central Coast at 1am on Tuesday

One home that was destroyed by a property fire at the isolated community of Bar Point on the north bank of the Hawkesbury river on the NSW Central Coast at 1am on Tuesday

One home that was destroyed by a property fire at the isolated community of Bar Point on the north bank of the Hawkesbury river on the NSW Central Coast at 1am on Tuesday

Once there, the RFS stopped the property fires and contained the bushfire.

‘Our crew were alerted to the incident at around 1am this morning. Two structures have been destroyed and another partially damaged. The work of firefighters was able to save two adjoining properties,’ an RFS spokesman told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘There was a small bushfire that started due to the structure fires that was contained by crews on the scene.’ 

Marine Rescue NSW helped fire victims escape from the scene via boat.

A different angle of one home that was destroyed. A total of two homes were destroyed, a third was damaged and a small bushfire broke out before it was contained by the NSW RFS

A different angle of one home that was destroyed. A total of two homes were destroyed, a third was damaged and a small bushfire broke out before it was contained by the NSW RFS

A different angle of one home that was destroyed. A total of two homes were destroyed, a third was damaged and a small bushfire broke out before it was contained by the NSW RFS

An RFS member boards a Marine Rescue NSW boat to be ferried from Deerubbin to the fire's location Bar Point on Tuesday morning (pictured)

An RFS member boards a Marine Rescue NSW boat to be ferried from Deerubbin to the fire's location Bar Point on Tuesday morning (pictured)

An RFS member boards a Marine Rescue NSW boat to be ferried from Deerubbin to the fire’s location Bar Point on Tuesday morning (pictured)

Now that the fires have been put out, RFS investigators are examining what exactly caused the late-night blazes. 

Two homes were destroyed while a neighbouring home’s outdoor entertainment area was extensively damaged. 

No one was injured by the fires, according to the RFS spokesman.   

Meanwhile, a NSW Police spokesman said: ‘The cause of the fire is yet to be determined; however, it has been deemed not suspicious.’ 

Marine Rescue NSW workers in the early hours of Tuesday as they prepare to ferry firefighters

Marine Rescue NSW workers in the early hours of Tuesday as they prepare to ferry firefighters

Marine Rescue NSW workers in the early hours of Tuesday as they prepare to ferry firefighters

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Turkey earthquake: Rescuers search into night for survivors

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Rescuers search into the night for survivors in Turkey after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake sent people fleeing from their homes on Greek islands – leaving 22 dead and nearly 800 injured.  

Search and rescue teams dug through heavy blocks of concrete desperately trying to find survivors after the catastrophic earthquake. 

Turkey and Greece were battered by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake today which killed at least 22 people, flattened buildings and caused a mini-tsunami which flooded streets in horrifying scenes on the Turkish coast.

Debris was racing down Turkish streets after an apparent sea surge near Izmir where at least seventeen buildings were destroyed and footage showed people climbing over the wreckage of collapsed multi-storey blocks. 

Gunay Ozisik ,14, who was under the rubbles is being carried out of wreckage

Gunay Ozisik ,14, who was under the rubbles is being carried out of wreckage

Gunay Ozisik ,14, who was under the rubbles is being carried out of wreckage

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building

Search teams are desperately looking for survivors at collapsed buildings

Search teams are desperately looking for survivors at collapsed buildings

Search teams are desperately looking for survivors at collapsed buildings

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake today has left  at least 22 people dead and nearly 800 injured

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake today has left  at least 22 people dead and nearly 800 injured

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake today has left  at least 22 people dead and nearly 800 injured

An injured woman being carried out on a strecher after she was found among the rubbles

An injured woman being carried out on a strecher after she was found among the rubbles

An injured woman being carried out on a strecher after she was found among the rubbles

Rescue operations are being carried out after the earthquake

Rescue operations are being carried out after the earthquake

Rescue operations are being carried out after the earthquake

 Turkey’s disaster agency said at least 22 people were dead and nearly 800 injured in the earthquake, while two teenagers were killed in Greece when the wall of a building collapsed on the island of Samos.

The mini-tsunami reached Samos too where islanders were told to avoid the coast after some fled their homes because of the quake, which was also felt in Athens and nearby Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

According to Turkey’s disaster agency, at least 244 aftershocks were recorded, with 24 of them being more than 4 on the Richter scale. 

Footage shows a building collapsing filling the air with dust some while people can seen trying to protect themselves. 

Gokhan Kan, a 32-year-old courier said: ‘I thought: Is it going to end? It felt like 10 minutes, like it was never going to end. 

 ‘I was terrified not for myself in that moment but for my family, my wife and four-year-old son.’ 

The shocking moment a building collapses during the earthquake in Izmir

The shocking moment a building collapses during the earthquake in Izmir

The shocking moment a building collapses during the earthquake in Izmir

The air is filled with dust as the seven- story building collapses within moments

The air is filled with dust as the seven- story building collapses within moments

The air is filled with dust as the seven- story building collapses within moments

As the building collapses making a rumpling sound, some people's cries can be heard in the background

As the building collapses making a rumpling sound, some people's cries can be heard in the background

As the building collapses making a rumpling sound, some people’s cries can be heard in the background

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean today which killed at least 22 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey, while injuring at least four people in Greece

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean today which killed at least 22 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey, while injuring at least four people in Greece

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean today which killed at least 22 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey, while injuring at least four people in Greece 

The moment a rescue team carry an injured woman out of the debris in Izmir, Turkey

The moment a rescue team carry an injured woman out of the debris in Izmir, Turkey

The moment a rescue team carry an injured woman out of the debris in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors

28-year-old Malik Tahirler is being rescued from wreckage by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

28-year-old Malik Tahirler is being rescued from wreckage by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

28-year-old Malik Tahirler is being rescued from wreckage by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after the earthquake

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after the earthquake

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after the earthquake

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the quake struck

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the quake struck

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the quake struck

A man who was rescued  from wreckage is surrounded by search and rescue workers

A man who was rescued  from wreckage is surrounded by search and rescue workers

A man who was rescued  from wreckage is surrounded by search and rescue workers 

Search and rescue teams continue to look for survivors with dogs in Izmir

Search and rescue teams continue to look for survivors with dogs in Izmir

Search and rescue teams continue to look for survivors with dogs in Izmir

Rescuers search for survivors at a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast

Rescuers search for survivors at a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast

Rescuers search for survivors at a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s western coast

A man is being carried out of debris of a collapsed building in Izmir

A man is being carried out of debris of a collapsed building in Izmir

A man is being carried out of debris of a collapsed building in Izmir

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Debris was floating along streets in high waters after the earthquake in Turkey

Debris was floating along streets in high waters after the earthquake in Turkey

Debris in flooded streets after the earthquake

Debris in flooded streets after the earthquake

Debris was racing down Turkish streets after an apparent sea surge near Izmir amid a ‘mini-tsunami’ in Turkey and Greece which followed the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea today 

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Rescue teams going through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district

Rescue teams going through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district

Rescue teams going through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district

The quake thats was centred in the Aegean Sea has left dozens of building destroyed

The quake thats was centred in the Aegean Sea has left dozens of building destroyed

 The quake thats was centred in the Aegean Sea has left dozens of building destroyed

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The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had an epicentre eight miles from of the Greek island of Samos

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor 

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi 

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today's earthquake

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today's earthquake

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today’s earthquake 

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today 

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir's Bayrakli disrict today

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir's Bayrakli disrict today

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir’s Bayrakli disrict today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today 

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir 

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

People prepare stretchers as they search for survivors in a building which was totally disfigured by Friday's earthquake

People prepare stretchers as they search for survivors in a building which was totally disfigured by Friday's earthquake

People prepare stretchers as they search for survivors in a building which was totally disfigured by Friday’s earthquake 

A Volkswagen car in the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir following the earthquake which brought down huge structures

A Volkswagen car in the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir following the earthquake which brought down huge structures

A Volkswagen car in the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir following the earthquake which brought down huge structures

People look at the rubble of a building in Izmir after the earthquake struck on Friday

People look at the rubble of a building in Izmir after the earthquake struck on Friday

People look at the rubble of a building in Izmir after the earthquake struck on Friday 

According to Turkey's disaster agency at least 22 people are dead and 725 injured after the catastrophic earthquake

According to Turkey's disaster agency at least 22 people are dead and 725 injured after the catastrophic earthquake

According to Turkey’s disaster agency at least 22 people are dead and 725 injured after the catastrophic earthquake

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon 

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake 

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded 

Emergency responders wearing white helmets scour the rubble today after this building was toppled by the earthquake

Emergency responders wearing white helmets scour the rubble today after this building was toppled by the earthquake

Emergency responders wearing white helmets scour the rubble today after this building was toppled by the earthquake 

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers and people search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

Rescue teams searching for survivors in the debris of a building located in Bayrakli area, after the 6.6 quake in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue teams searching for survivors in the debris of a building located in Bayrakli area, after the 6.6 quake in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue teams searching for survivors in the debris of a building located in Bayrakli area, after the 6.6 quake in Izmir, Turkey

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 10.3 miles. 

Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said six buildings had collapsed in two parts of Izmir, while mayor Tunc Soyer said nearly 20 buildings had collapsed in the province. 

 At one site Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli managed to establish mobile phone contact with a girl buried under the debris.

‘We ask you to remain calm,’ he told her in televised footage. ‘We will try to lift the concrete block and reach you.’

 A small tsunami struck the Seferisar district of Izmir, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. 

Of the twentytwo confirmed deaths, one person drowned in high waters after the earthquake while the others were thought to have been buried under the wreckage of collapsed buildings. 

Pictures from the Turkish disaster zone showed smoke blowing over the city of Izmir, debris being washed away by high waters, and dazed people trying to make their way through rubble piled high on the streets. 

There were 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams on the ground in Izmir, where TV footage showed police using chainsaws as they tried to force their way through the rubble. Local media said 70 people had been rescued alive from the debris.  

Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. However, Istanbul’s governor said there were no reports of damage. 

Soylu said there were no reports of casualties from six other provinces where the earthquake was felt but added there were small cracks in some buildings. 

Ilke Cide, a doctoral student who was in Izmir’s Guzelbahce region during the earthquake, said he went inland after waters rose after the earthquake. ‘I am very used to earthquakes… so I didn’t take it very seriously at first but this time it was really scary,’ he said, adding the earthquake had lasted for at least 25 to30 seconds. 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that ‘with all the means of our state, we stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake’. ‘We have taken action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers,’ he said. 

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis later spoke to Erdogan to offer condolences for the victims in Turkey, saying that ‘whatever our differences, these are the times when our people need to stand together’.

‘Erdogan tweeted :’Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life.’ 

France, which has been locked in an angry row with Turkey in recent weeks, also offered its ‘full solidarity’ with both Turkey and Greece. 

Tensions between Ankara and Paris had reached a peak last weekend when President Erdogan questioned the mental health of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. 

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district 

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today 

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday's disaster

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday's disaster

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday’s disaster 

The rubble of a building is heaped on the ground after it collapsed during the Aegean earthquake on Friday

The rubble of a building is heaped on the ground after it collapsed during the Aegean earthquake on Friday

The rubble of a building is heaped on the ground after it collapsed during the Aegean earthquake on Friday 

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake 

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday's earthquake

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday's earthquake

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday’s earthquake

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car's bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car's bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car’s bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir  

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir today with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir today with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir today with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city 

A car is submerged on Turkey's Aegean Sea coastline today after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake

A car is submerged on Turkey's Aegean Sea coastline today after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake

A car is submerged on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coastline today after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake 

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece 

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding 

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey 

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey

Debris floating in flooded streets

Debris floating in flooded streets

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey (left) where debris was also seen floating along flooded streets (right)

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side 

Damaged buildings in Turkey where the earthquake destroyed at least six buildings

Damaged buildings in Turkey where the earthquake destroyed at least six buildings

Damaged buildings in Turkey where the earthquake destroyed at least six buildings

Damaged buildings in Turkey where the earthquake destroyed at least six buildings

Damaged buildings in Turkey where the earthquake destroyed at least seventeen buildings

Search and rescue works at a building in Izmir

Search and rescue works at a building in Izmir

People anxiously wait for news near a destroyed building in Izmir

People anxiously wait for news near a destroyed building in Izmir

People anxiously wait for news as crews search through the rubble of a destroyed building in Izmir for survivors

Damaged buildings are seen after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Damaged buildings are seen after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Damaged buildings are seen after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had an epicentre eight miles from Samos, where the island’s 45,000 people were urged to stay away from coastal areas. 

Greece’s top seismologist Eftyhmis Lekkas told Greek media: ‘It was a very big earthquake, it’s difficult to have a bigger one.’

A tsunami warning was issued, with residents of the Samos area told to stay away from the coast while water rose above the dock in the main harbour of Samos and flooded the street. 

Media reports said the the two victims, the first to be reported in Greece, were aged 15 and 17, and were walking home from school in the port of Vathy when disaster struck.

‘Two unconscious youngsters were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed wall and taken to hospital for identification,’ the fire service said. The Greek authorities said another seven people have been injured in the quake, which caused the walls of several old buildings to crumble.  

People rushed into the streets on Samos and other islands following the tremor, which Greek officials put at magnitude 6.6 and the US Geological Survey at 7.0. 

‘We have never experienced anything like it,’ said one local official. ‘People are panicking.’ Police said there was damage to some old buildings on the island.  

Both countries reported aftershocks. 

Greece and Turkey are both situated in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones. In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s northwest, killing more than 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul.

Another quake in 2011 in the southeastern province of Van resulted in more than 600 deaths. In Greece, the last deadly quake killed two people on the island of Kos, near Samos, in July 2017. 

A person receives treatment after feeling faint following the earthquake on Turkey's Aegean Sea cost today

A person receives treatment after feeling faint following the earthquake on Turkey's Aegean Sea cost today

A person receives treatment after feeling faint following the earthquake on Turkey’s Aegean Sea cost today 

Boats were damaged after the earthquake which had its epicentre in the Aegean Sea struck the coast of Turkey

Boats were damaged after the earthquake which had its epicentre in the Aegean Sea struck the coast of Turkey

Boats were damaged after the earthquake which had its epicentre in the Aegean Sea struck the coast of Turkey 

People stand outside their homes in Izmir today following the earthquake that left people trapped under rubble

People stand outside their homes in Izmir today following the earthquake that left people trapped under rubble

People stand outside their homes in Izmir today following the earthquake that left people trapped under rubble 

The sun shines over a heap of rubble as people begin the clean-up operation in Izmir on Friday afternoon

The sun shines over a heap of rubble as people begin the clean-up operation in Izmir on Friday afternoon

The sun shines over a heap of rubble as people begin the clean-up operation in Izmir on Friday afternoon 

Cars are damaged and covered in muck at the port of Vathy in Greece where the mini-tsunami reached the Aegean island

Cars are damaged and covered in muck at the port of Vathy in Greece where the mini-tsunami reached the Aegean island

Cars are damaged and covered in muck at the port of Vathy in Greece where the mini-tsunami reached the Aegean island 

Cars are together piled after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Cars are together piled after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Cars are together piled after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a square after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a square after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a square after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a road after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a road after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

Seawater covers a road after an earthquake at the port of Vathi on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece

According to Turkey's disaster agency, at least 244 aftershocks were recorded after the quake

According to Turkey's disaster agency, at least 244 aftershocks were recorded after the quake

According to Turkey’s disaster agency, at least 244 aftershocks were recorded after the quake

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Victoria records NO new cases of coronavirus after potential transmission was reviewed 

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Victoria has reported no new cases of coronavirus and no deaths after a potential transmission was reviewed. 

It was initially reported that there was one new case on Saturday but Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton revealed later in the day that it had been rejected. 

‘Today’s case has been reviewed and rejected,’ Mr Sutton wrote on Twitter.   

The person in question tested negative multiple times before returning a ‘low positive’ test and another negative test afterwards. 

After it was reported there was a new case, an expert review panel examined the person before announcing they were not actually infected. 

Victoria reported just one new coronvirus infection on Saturday. Pictured: Melburnians enjoy outdoor eating on Swan Street in Richmond on Wednesday

Victoria reported just one new coronvirus infection on Saturday. Pictured: Melburnians enjoy outdoor eating on Swan Street in Richmond on Wednesday

Victoria reported just one new coronvirus infection on Saturday. Pictured: Melburnians enjoy outdoor eating on Swan Street in Richmond on Wednesday

 Victoria has now recorded four days of no new cases. There are 71 active cases in the state, which is down from 80 on Friday.

Authorities continue to investigate two mystery cases, for which there is no known source.

Melbourne exited lockdown on Wednesday and residents are enjoying their first weekend with eased restrictions, including the chance to dine out.  

But the 25km travel limit remains in place and outdoor gatherings are still capped at 10 people. 

Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday pleaded for caution despite the easing of restrictions.

‘I know that is challenging but if we want to keep doing that and not be locked down again and unable to see the people that we love, we just have to keep vigilant,’ he said.

‘We have to be, as a community, as stubborn as this virus. These last few months have to mean something, they have to be worth something.’

On Friday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her state’s travel restrictions would ease from 1am on Tuesday, with the border open to everyone but those in Greater Sydney and Victoria. 

Pictured: Shoppers walk through Bourke Street Mall as restrictions are eased in Melbourne on Wednesday

Pictured: Shoppers walk through Bourke Street Mall as restrictions are eased in Melbourne on Wednesday

Pictured: Shoppers walk through Bourke Street Mall as restrictions are eased in Melbourne on Wednesday

Victoria’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 819 and the national figure is 907.

Mr Andrews will not face the media on Saturday, bringing his daily news conference marathon to an end.

The premier has addressed Victorians for 120 consecutive days starting July 3.

Health Minister Martin Foley is due to conduct Saturday’s briefing.

Melbourne exited lockdown on Wednesday and residents are enjoying their first weekend with eased restrictions, including the chance to dine out

Melbourne exited lockdown on Wednesday and residents are enjoying their first weekend with eased restrictions, including the chance to dine out

Melbourne exited lockdown on Wednesday and residents are enjoying their first weekend with eased restrictions, including the chance to dine out

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Coronavirus Australia: Penrith Panthers fined $10k due to fans

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The Penrith Panthers have lost big two weekends in a row, with its leagues club copping a $10,000 fine after footage showed fans breaching COVID safety requirements during last weekend’s NRL grand final.

The footage showed excited patrons mingling, hugging and drinking while standing during the team’s 20-26 loss to the Melbourne Storm.

NSW Liquor and Gaming director of compliance Dimitri Argeres said fans should have known better.

 

Fans (pictured) were filmed breaching COVID-19 restrictions by mingling, hugging and drinking next to the bar at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club during the grand final

Fans (pictured) were filmed breaching COVID-19 restrictions by mingling, hugging and drinking next to the bar at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club during the grand final

Fans (pictured) were filmed breaching COVID-19 restrictions by mingling, hugging and drinking next to the bar at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club during the grand final

‘It’s not fair on the club, its staff or the community,’ he said.

‘At the same time, venues need to make sure they are adequately implementing their safety plans, particularly when higher patron numbers are expected due to special events.’

The leagues club was not the only venue caught out on grand final night, with ANZ Stadium fined $5000 for allowing patrons to congregate in bar areas to watch the match.

Two other venues at Sydney Olympic Park – The Brewery at the Novotel and the Locker Room – were also issued $5000 fines.

Mr Argeres said excitement was not an excuse.

‘Sporting events build up anticipation and create lots of excitement, we get that,’ he said.

‘But they also create exactly the types of situation we’re trying to avoid – crowds that mingle and turn into one big group of close contacts.

‘Don’t forget life isn’t quite back to normal yet and if we want to enjoy summer with our friends and families, we need to keep COVID transmission low.’

The Panthers Penrith Rugby Leagues Club (pictured) was fined $10,000 for not stopping fans from breaching COVID-19 restrictions

The Panthers Penrith Rugby Leagues Club (pictured) was fined $10,000 for not stopping fans from breaching COVID-19 restrictions

The Panthers Penrith Rugby Leagues Club (pictured) was fined $10,000 for not stopping fans from breaching COVID-19 restrictions 

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