Saturday 20 January 2018

Several hurt after Turkey hit by two earthquakes

No deaths have been reported so far
No deaths have been reported so far

Two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.3 have jolted Turkey's northern Aegean Sea coast, damaging dozens of homes in 11 villages and injuring at least five people.

The first quake, which was centred beneath the Aegean off the coast of the town of Ayvacik in Turkey's north-western Canakkale province, struck at 3.51am GMT, according to the government's crisis management agency.

The second tremor hit at 10.50am GMT and was centred in Ayvacik.

More than a hundred aftershocks were recorded in the region, the strongest of these measuring magnitude 4.4, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Orhan Tavli, the governor for Canakkale, said 40 homes were damaged in the worst-hit village of Yukarikoy, near Ayvacik.

Some 50 homes in 10 other nearby villages were also affected.

"Praise God, there was no loss of life," Mr Tavli told reporters during a visit to Yukarikoy.

"We have five injured people. They are still being treated."

Tents are being dispatched to temporarily house those whose homes were damaged, he added.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey, which sits on top of active fault lines.

Press Association

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