Earthquake shakes eastern Turkey; at least 5 killed

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March 8, 2010 06:20

 
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ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish official on Monday said at least five people have died in a strong earthquake that hit the eastern province of Elazig.




Gov. Muammer Erol said the victims are from the small village of Okcular. The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory says the quake occurred at 4:32 a.m. Monday. It was followed by an aftershock measuring 4.1.




Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, much of which lies atop the North Anatolian fault. In 1999, two powerful earthquakes struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.


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