Deadly earthquake has hit Turkey and Greece killing over 26 people and injuring hundreds

Rescuers dug through heavy blocks of concrete with their bare hands early on Saturday, in a desperate search for survivors from a powerful earthquake that leveled buildings.

Much of the damage in Turkey occurred in and around Aegean resort city of Izmir, which has three million residents and is filled with high-rise apartment blocks.

The quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the Aegean island of Samos and a sea surge that turned streets into rushing rivers in one town on Turkey’s west coast.

Turkish officials confirmed 24 dead and nearly 800 injured after the quake hit the coastal province of Izmir.

In Greece, two teenagers – a boy and a girl – were killed on the island of Samos when a building collapsed on top of them.