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Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Western Turkey

Turkey Earthquake - image courtesy US Geological Survey

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit Western Turkey at 23:15 Eastern European Standard Time on Thursday, 19th May 2011. The earthquake was approximately 9.1 km below the surface of the Earth at 39.137°N, 29.074°E – around 250km South of Istanbul.

Environment and Forestry Minister Professor Veysel Eroglu said that around 90 people had been injured and two people have died as a result of the quake. He thanked the Red Crescent for their help in locating and treating the wounded. Four thousand tents and 100 soldiers have been dispatched to the area to help those left without adequate housing.

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