5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Turkey

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  • five people suffer a slight injury
  • many neighbouring provinces felt the temblor

The town of Ozalp, in Van province, Turkey was struck by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake leaving at least five people injured.

Ozalp is the Eastern Turkey, near Turkey's border with Iran with about 4.3 miles.

The incident disclosed by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

Earthquake Hits Turkey injuring five people
A house destroyed by earthquake in Turkey. Photo credit: Getty images - Getty

The earthquake caused "moderate" or "strong" damage to homes in some 15 neighbourhoods in Ozalp as well as dozens of neighbouring villages, according to Mehmet Emin Bilmez, the governor of Van.

The five people hospitalized are treated for slight injuries after attempting to escape the damaged structures, the governor disclosed.

Bilmez also said, "No citizen was trapped under rubble".

One of the provinces where the earthquake was felt is Izmir, Aydin and Mugla, according to HaberTurk News channel reports.

Mayor Besim Dutlulu told Haberturk that residents left their homes in panic.

Singer Ebru Polat, 36, shared a video via Twitter saying "earthquake is happening now, we are shaking badly"

The regular earthquake in Turkey might be traced to the two major fault lines Turkey crosses.

Turkey experienced its worst quake in the northwest in 1999 leaving about 18,000 people dead.

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