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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes coast of Western Turkey

6.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY

The earthquake with magnitude of 6.2 struck near coast of Western Turkey. It occured in the Aegean Sea at a depth of seven kilometers and hit at 3:28 p.m. (1228 GMT).

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck near the coast of Western Turkey on Monday, a European earthquake monitor said, shaking buildings in the Aegean province of Izmir and rattling areas close to some Greeks islands.

The epicentre of the quake was located some 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the coastal city of Izmir, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on its website. There were no reports of damage in Izmir, local officials told broadcaster NTV.

The quake also rattled the eastern Aegean close to the Samos and Lesbos Islands, an official at the Greek Geodynamics institute said.

Major geological fault lines cross Turkey and small earthquakes are almost a daily occurance.

More than 600 people died in October 2011 in the eastern province of Van after a quake of 7.2 magnitude and powerful aftershocks. In 1999, two massive earthquakes killed about 20,000 people in the densely populated northwest.

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