Two dozen hurt as quake hits southeast Turkey

AFP , Thursday 14 Jun 2012

23 people were injured when a moderate 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Turkey, the second in less than a week

A photo of an earlier earthquake in Turkey in 11 November, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Almost two dozen people were injured when a moderate earthquake jolted southeastern Turkey on Thursday, knocking the minaret off a mosque in one city and damaging a number of buildings.

The 5.5-magnitude quake shook the province of Sirnak at 0552 GMT, the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said, the second in less than a week in Turkey, which is crossed by several fault lines.

Twenty-three people were injured, most of them lightly, according to a statement from the Sirnak governor's office, which said inspectors reported that 25 buildings were damaged, the Anatolia news agency reported.

In the city of Sirnak, the quake knocked the minaret off a mosque.

Local people also reported cracks in buildings, prompting officials to warn people to stay clear of damaged houses amid warnings of possible aftershocks.

On Sunday, a 6.0 magnitude quake shook a tourist resort on the southwest coast, causing panic and sending dozens of people to hospital after many jumped from buildings in fear.

In October last year, a powerful quake in eastern Turkey killed more than 600 people and was followed in November by a 5.6-magnitude tremor that killed another 40 people in the same area.

In 1999, two strong quakes in heavily populated and industrialised parts of northwest Turkey left some 20,000 people dead.

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