Earthquake hits Turkey (UPDATE)

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Details added (first version posted Dec. 28 at 20:17)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 29


An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, which occured in east basin of Mediterranean Sea at 5:21 p.m., hit the southern Antalya city of Turkey on Saturday, Anadolu agency reported.

According to a statement made by the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), the epicentre of the earthquake was the east basin of Mediterranean Sea.

Deputy Governor of Antalya Huseyin Ece, who is also responsible for AFAD, said no casualties had been reported so far.

In addition to the city centre, earthquake was also felt in many towns such as Serik, Kumluca, Kemer and Manavgat. On the other hand, Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute stated on its website that the earthquake occured 11 kilometers below the ground.

Turkey is located in a seismically active zone and earthquakes, which often lead to the loss of human life, occur here very frequently. The strongest fluctuations in the earth's crust in this country were recorded in 1999 in the Marmara Sea. The magnitude of tremors then was 7.4; about 18,000 people died.

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