Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts southwestern Turkey

No damage or casualties reported so far, says deputy interior minister

Muhammed Nuri Erdogan   | 01.08.2021
Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts southwestern Turkey


A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off Turkey's southwestern coast early on Sunday, the country’s disaster authority said.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake was recorded off Datca town in Mugla province at 7:31 a.m. local time (0431GMT).

It was at a depth of 14.85 kilometers (9.2 miles), it added.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties so far, Ismail Catakli, Turkey’s deputy interior minister, said on Twitter.

A second tremor, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Aegean Sea at 11:37 local time (0837GMT) on Sunday.

The quake was at a depth of 4.81 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) and its epicenter was some 53 kilometers (about 33 miles) off Datca, according to AFAD.

*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

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