Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes eastern Turkey
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred on Monday afternoon in the Turkish southeastern province of Mus, Today's Zaman reported.
According to the website of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute at Bogazici University, the earthquake occurred at 1:35 p.m. and its epicenter was Mus's Bulanık district. The quake caused little damage, but there was some panic among residents.
Ziya Akkaya, the mayor of Bulanık, told private NTV television that some barns and animal feed storages in Sultanli tumbled down. The quake also damaged a number of mud-brick homes, but there were no reports of any casualties, he said.
State-run television TRT said the quake was felt in neighboring provinces.
Some 650 people died in two earthquakes that hit the eastern province of Van late last year. The tremors flattened some 2,000 buildings and left thousands homeless in the eastern province, where survivors still face hardships.