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Powerful Quake Shakes Western Turkey


Reports say an earthquake estimated at a magnitude of 6.1 has shaken southwestern Turkey.

The Kandilli Observatory seismology center said the quake's epicenter was off the coast of the popular Aegean resort town of Oludeniz.

Turkish state television said some people injured themselves in panic after the quake, but it did not give any numbers.

There were no immediate reports of other casualties.

A powerful quake shook eastern Turkey on October 23, killing more than 600 people. It was followed on November 12 by a 5.6-magnitude tremor that killed another 40 people in the same area.

In 1999, two strong quakes in heavily populated and industrialized parts of northwest Turkey killed 20,000 people.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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