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Turkey: 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits western Turkey

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits 52 miles (84 km) northwest of Izmir; no damages or casualties reported so far

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/6/2017, 12h00 until 12/6/2017, 11h59 (Asia/Istanbul). COUNTRY/REGION Turkey

Event

At approximately 15:28 (local time) on Monday, June 12, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit western Turkey 52 mi (84 km) northwest of Izmir. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management stated that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 4 mi (7 km). According to local officials, no damages have been reported as of yet. Istanbul and other parts of Izmir province reported feeling tremors. Turkish officials have stated that no casualties have been reported so far.

The earthquake also affected the Greek island of Lesbos, with no reported casualties or damages. Further details are still emerging.

Context

There are large fault lines that run throughout Turkey, which experiences small earthquakes on a daily basis.

In May, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit western Manisa province; no casualties were reported. In October 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the eastern province of Van, resulting in more than 600 fatalities.

Advice

All those present in the region are advised to avoid impacted areas. After an earthquake, check for injuries and take note of your surroundings. If indoors, shut off the water, gas, and electricity lines, and evacuate the area. Aftershocks often follow an earthquake and can lead to further damages and loss of life. Individuals already present in areas affected by the earthquake are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities. Only use your telephone in case of urgency so as to leave communication lines open for emergency services.​

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