Strong earthquake hits Turkey

24 March 2005 | 10:03 Code : 4836 Geoscience events
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An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook eastern Turkey causing panic among people but no casualties were reported, Xinhua said.
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook eastern Turkey causing panic among people but no casualties were reported, Xinhua said.

The quake hit Karliova town in Turkey's Bingol province shortly before midnight Wednesday, Anatolia news agency said Thursday.

An official said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage after the quake. "There is no damage in the town centre. But authorities have been trying to check on the situation in nearby mountain villages," he said.

Following the quake, people rushed out onto the streets in panic and most spent the night outside.

This was the second quake to strike the area in the last two weeks. On March 12, a 5.7 magnitude quake injured 15 people and damaged several houses in Karliova.

Indo-Asian News Service

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