5.5 quake hits Turkey - causes injuries

2017-03-02 16:00


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Ankara - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit a town in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, causing a number of injuries, officials and news reports said.

The government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the town of Samat in the Adiyaman province was at the epicentre. It was followed by four more tremours -  the strongest measuring 4.4.

Yusuf Firat, the mayor for Samsat told a private TV station that at least five people had been injured in the quake, which knocked down some buildings in the town. There was no immediate report of any fatalities.

He said the quake caused widespread panic in the town.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.6 and said the quake was very shallow at around 10km.

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