5.2-strong quake jolts eastern Turkey, no casualties reported

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 shook the Kiğı district of eastern Turkey's Bingöl late Friday, with no casualties or property damage reported so far, Daily Sabah reported. 

Interior Ministry spokesperson Ismail Çataklı said in a statement that no casualties have been reported from Bingöl, Erzurum, Erzincan, Elazığ and Diyarbakır provinces, in which the quake was felt.

"A sweep in the region is ongoing," he said, referring to authorities' efforts to determine any possible property damage or casualty.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck Kiğı at 9.28 p.m. local time (6:28 p.m. GMT).

The quake occurred at a depth of 15.51 kilometers (9.63 miles) below the surface, it added.

AFAD said the distance of the quake was only 2.28 km from the closest settlement area, Aşağı Serinyer village.

At least five aftershocks were also recorded, with the largest having a magnitude of 2.6, it added.

Eastern Turkey is a seismically active region.

Elazığ province was rocked with a major 6.8 magnitude quake in early 2020. At least 41 people were killed and 1,607 others were injured after the Jan. 24 quake hit the city.

The disaster also left thousands displaced in the eastern province, as 58 buildings collapsed and 428 buildings were left with critical structural damage following the earthquake. The January earthquake also destroyed 315 buildings and heavily damaged 2,424 others in the neighboring Malatya province.

Turkey is among the world's most seismically active countries due to its position on several active fault lines, with dozens of minor earthquakes and aftershocks occurring daily.


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