Magnitude 5.5 earthquake shakes western Turkey's Manisa

Türkiye Materials 26 June 2020 18:38 (UTC +04:00)
Magnitude 5.5 earthquake shakes western Turkey's Manisa

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit a town in western Turkey on Friday, sending people rushing out of buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

The earthquake was centered in the district of Saruhanli, in Manisa province, at a depth of 9.2 kilometers (5.6 miles), the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

No damage and casualties have been reported so far, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a tweet.

Manisa Governor Yashar Karadeniz said the assessment studies are underway.

"So far, we have not had any aftershocks in Manisa," Karadeniz added.

Tremors of the quake were also felt in some other provinces, including Izmir, Bursa, Balikesir, Aydin, Istanbul, and Kutahya.

The quake came a day after another temblor, measuring 5.4, shook the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran, slightly injuring five people and damaging homes.

Turkey is crossed by two major fault lines and earthquakes are frequent. In 1999, a magnitude-7.4 quake killed more than 17,000 people in northwestern Turkey.