The 6.7 tremor struck south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the Greek island of Kos – causing the White Corner Club to crumble
Two tourists were killed when a nightclub collapsed around screaming revellers during a violent earthquake this morning.
Scores of tourists and local residents fled as the White Corner Club, on the Greek island of Kos, crumbled around them.
Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu, 39, died in the quake alongside a 27-year-old Swedish man, who is yet to be identified.
Greek authorities listed five seriously injured revellers who were flown to Crete by emergency services earlier today.
Two Swedes, one Norwegian, a Greek man and a Greek woman, were all taken to hospital.
One is reported to have suffered extensive leg injuries and all are thought to have been in the bar when the roof suddenly collapsed.
Maria Karagiannaki, who was working at the White Corner Club when disaster struck, told a Norwegian reporter: “We had two dead. I am in shock. I still cannot imagine it.”
Across Kos and the Turkish city of Bodrum, more than 200 people have been injured.
The 6.7-magnitude tremor struck south of Bodrum and east of Kos – areas popular with British holidaymakers.
As a search and rescue unit from the Greek armed forces flew in to support citizens, pictures of families cowering under tables and huddled on sun loungers emerged.
Buildings on Kos were damaged by the shockwaves, which prompted a small tsunami, flooding parts of the island.
Tourists had to flee their hotel rooms when the quake hit at around 1.30am, and experienced aftershocks throughout the night.
A number of Britons have spoken of their fear when they felt tremors.
Lauren Duffy, from Merseyside, said glass and broken pieces of marble statues were among the debris strewn near her hotel in the wake of the earthquake.
Kristian Stevens, from Nelson, in Lancashire, said he felt the building he was in “shake like a jelly”.
Sophie Wild said she fled her third floor accommodation in Altinkum, around 500 miles from Bodrum, when she woke to a loud banging noise.
The 21-year-old, from Canterbury, in Kent, said she was woken by a loud banging noise.
She said: “When we realised it was an earthquake, we got an immediate sense to get out, we thought the building was going to crumble around us.
“People were running out of rooms, banging on people’s doors to make sure they were out.
“Everyone just ran outside and waited for a couple of hours – it’s only now that people are starting to go back to their rooms.
“There are a few cracks in the walls but otherwise staff says it’s safe.”