5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Turkey; houses damaged

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A moderately strong earthquake struck Southeast Turkey on Thursday, causing damage to some homes. There were no immediate reports of victims.

The 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ozalp, in the province of Van, near the Turkish border with Iran, at a depth of 6.9 kilometers (4.3 miles), the Turkish Presidency said for disasters and emergencies .

It was felt in neighboring counties, the HaberTurk news channel reported.

Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said the earthquake brought down parts of a house in a village near Ozalp and damaged some houses in the city.

“Apart from that, we have not lost lives,” he said.

Turkey is traversed by two major fault lines, and earthquakes are common. Turkey’s worst earthquake in decades was in 1999, when a few major earthquakes struck the northwest, killing about 18,000 people.

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