One dead from 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Turkey

May 20, 2011 02:35


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ISTANBUL - One person was killed after jumping from a building as an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 shook northwest Turkey on Thursday evening, causing some damage, the local governor said.

The epicenter of the quake was 50 miles (80 km) west-southwest of the town of Kutahya, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor also shook buildings further north in Turkey's largest city Istanbul.

"A citizen panicked and died after jumping from the window," Kutahya Governor Kenan Ciftci told broadcaster NTV.

Turkey's Kandilli earthquake observatory said the quake, which struck at 11:15 pm (2015 GMT), had a magnitude of 5.9 and that its epicenter was the district of Simav in Kutahya province. There was a series of aftershocks.

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