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The epicentre of the tremor of magnitude 7 was in the Aegean Sea some 11 miles (17 km) off the coast of Turkey’s Izmir province, at a depth of 10 miles (16km).
The earthquake was felt across the region, including in Istanbul, the Greek islands and as far as the capital Athens.
A tsunami warning was issued, with residents in the region told to stay away from the coastline.
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