A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 shook a port city in western Turkey on Monday, sending terrified residents running from their homes and causing minor damage, reports said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The earthquake struck at 8:45 a.m. and was centered in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Izmir, the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said. Two aftershocks with preliminary magnitudes of 4.1 and 3.0 followed.
Gov. Oguz Kagan Koksal said there were no immediate report of injuries and authorities were evaluating the damage across the province.
There were no immediate reports of damage in the ancient city of Ephesus, which lies just outside Selcuk, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Izmir. Ephesus was part of Ionian Greece in its early days and now is in predominantly Muslim Turkey.
Quakes are frequent in Turkey, which lies on the active North Anatolian fault. Ruptures in the fault caused two quakes in August and November 1999 that killed some 18,000 people and devastated large parts of northwestern Turkey.
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