Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Turkey's southern coast
A views from Turkish resort town of Ölüdeniz. (Photo: Cihan)
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Ölüdeniz, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, on Sunday.
İstanbul-based Boğaziçi University's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, which initially announced the magnitude of the quake as 6.1, later revised the magnitude to 6.0. The quake, which took place at 3:44 p.m., was felt in Muğla as well as many other neighboring provinces in the Aegean and Mediterranean region.
No damage or casualties were reported, but the tremor caused panic in the resort town and neighboring districts. Several beaches were evacuated after the quake.
Speaking to the press, Muğla Deputy Mayor Faruk Necmi Kurt stated that 64 people had been injured in the earthquake and that they were all taken to nearby hospitals. He added that as of Monday morning 53 of the injured had been sent home and the other 11, who were injured when jumping out of windows, were still receiving medical treatment.
Kandilli says the temblor was followed by magnitude 6 and 4.9 aftershocks.
Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which is crossed by several fault lines. Small earthquakes are a near daily occurrence. Most recently, some 650 people were killed in two earthquakes that hit the eastern province of Van on Oct. 21 and Nov. 9 of last year and thousands were left homeless.