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Swedes missing after Chile earthquake

More than 100 Swedes are reported to be missing after the massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. The foreign ministry has received unconfirmed reports of one Swede among the dead, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

Swedes missing after Chile earthquake

It is not known how many Swedes were in Chile when the 8.8 magnitude quake hit off the coast of Concepcion early Saturday morning, Swedish time.

“The whole weekend we have been trying to get in touch with the missing Swedes in Chile. But is is very difficult to get through,” Camilla Åkesson Lindblom at the foreign ministry told DN.

The foreign ministry has confirmed that it has received one report of a dead male Swede but this has not been confirmed by Chilean authorities, according to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

More than 700 people are reported to have been killed in the quake which has caused massive structural damage to cities along Chile’s Pacific coast which lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire on the boundary of the Nazca and South American plates.

As the quake struck below the ocean it set off tsunami warnings across the Pacific rim. While the tsunami waves claimed several hundred lives in Chile, there have been no reports of any major damage or casualties in any of the several Pacific nations also hit.

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Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.


A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.