Magnitude 4.0 quake shakes western Turkey
Earthquake occurs in Sindirgi district in Balikesir province
A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck Turkey’s western Balikesir province, the country's disaster agency said early Thursday.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck 7 kilometers (4.34 miles) below the surface in Sindirgi district.
Turkey is crossed by fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.
Last October, a powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the country's third-largest city, Izmir, killing at least 115 people and injuring more than 1,000 others.
In 1999, a magnitude-7.4 tremor hit the industrial province of Kocaeli, leaving nearly 18,000 people dead and around 45,000 others injured.
Nearly 16 million people were affected and around 200,000 people left homeless.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.