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Strong earthquake hits eastern Mediterranean

October 19, 2021

ANKARA — A strong earthquake struck off the Turkish Mediterranean coast on Tuesday, Turkey’s disaster management agency said. There was no immediate report of any damage or casualties.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate said the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck some 155 kilometers (96 miles) off the resort town of Kas, in Antalya province, at 8:32 a.m.

The US Geological Survey said the tremor was felt on the Greek islands of Crete, Santorini and Rhodes.

Turkey sits on top of major faultlines and earthquakes are frequent.

At least 17,000 people died in a powerful earthquake in northwest Turkey in 1999. — Agencies


October 19, 2021
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