5.0 magnitude earthquake shakes eastern Turkey

AP , Sunday 12 Jun 2022

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Van province in eastern Turkey late Sunday.

Van, Turkey
A man pulls a donkey cart near the eastern Turkish city of Van, Turkey, May 21, 2022. AFP


Turkey's AFAD emergency and disaster authority said the quake struck 18.6 kilometers (11.5 miles) deep at 9:35 p.m.(1835 GMT) near the Tusba district of Van. The province borders Iran.

Van governor Ozan Balci told the official Anadolu news agency there were no ``negative'' reports yet but that emergency teams were working to identify any possible damage. Turkey's health minister tweeted there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

A 7.2 magnitude quake hit Van in 2011, killing more than 600 people and injuring thousands. In 2020, an earthquake centred in the Iranian city of Khoy with a 5.7 magnitude killed nine people in Van.

Turkey sits on top of major fault lines and earthquakes are frequent.

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