Earthquake again strikes Turkey’s Van
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Last night, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck Turkish city of Van, the Sabah newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to data received from Kandili Observatory of Bogazici University and Earthquake Research Institute, the earthquake occurred at 3:45 am local time at a depth of five kilometers.
No information on casualties or damage is available so far.
Van Province is shaken by quakes since October 2011. A strong earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the city on October 23. This was followed by several powerful aftershocks of 5.1-6.1 magnitude in the region throughout the day. Over 600 people died and 4,000 thousands were injured. Some 2,362 buildings were destroyed.
Turkey is located in a seismically active zone, and earthquakes, which often lead to loss of life, is a common scenario there. The most powerful oscillations of the earth's crust in the country were reported in 1999 in the Sea of Marmara. A 7.4 magnitude quake killed nearly 18,000 people.