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Turkey hit by 5.5 magnitude quake: USGS

Turkey hit by 5.5 magnitude quake: USGS

File photo of pedestrians walking on the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Dec 21, 2020. (Photo: AP/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL: A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday (Dec 27), the US Geological Survey said, with initial reports indicating no immediate casualties.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said there were no reports of material damage or casualties so far.

The USGS said the quake was registered in the Sivrice district in Elazig province at 6.37am GMT (2.37pm, Singapore time) and struck at a depth of 10km.

The Turkish government's disaster agency AFAD reported a lower magnitude of 5.3 for the quake.

Turkey is situated in one of the world's most active earthquake zones.

A magnitude 6.8 quake hit Elazig in January, killing more than 40 people.

In November, a powerful 7.0 magnitude quake hit the Aegean Sea, killing 114 people and wounding more than 1,000.

Source: AFP/dv

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