Two 5.3 magnitude earthquakes hit western Turkey

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February 6, 2017World News
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At least five people were wounded and 90 houses damaged after two 5.3 magnitude earthquakes rocked the Aegean town of Ayvacik, the governor of Canakkale, Orhan Tavli, said on Monday (February 6).

The epicentres of the earthquakes were located beneath the Aegean sea, 45 kilometres south of the Dardanelles strait and shook the town of Ayvacik, wreaking havoc in surrounding villages.

Villagers left their houses and remained outdoors after their homes were damaged by the earthquakes.

The Turkish Red Crescent and Disaster Management Agency began preparations to distribute makeshift tents in case they were needed, Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency reported.

Ayvacik is located to the western end of the Northern Anatolia Fault line which triggered two earthquakes of 7.5 and 7.2 magnitude in 1999, killing more than 17,000 people.

 

(Reuters)

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