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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes southern Turkey

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A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck southern Turkey on Tuesday, causing panic among the locals, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing the the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

No casualties were reported in the earthquake, which occurred five months after two powerful temblors, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5, devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, causing the death of almost 60,000 in the two countries.

The quake struck at a depth of 11.2 kilometers near the Kozan district of Adana at 8:44 am local time.

The area was hit by a magnitude 4.4 aftershock. at 10:57 am local time.

Adana Governor Süleyman Elban said efforts were under way to determine whether the quakes had caused any damage in the city.

Since the twin earthquakes in February, seismologists have been warning that new earthquakes could hit in the surrounding region due to “stress transfer.”

Turkey is crisscrossed by fault lines and has a history of powerful earthquakes.

In 2011 an earthquake struck the eastern city of Van and the town of Erciş, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the north, killing at least 523 people.

A magnitude 6.8 quake hit Elazığ in January 2020, killing more than 40 people.

And in October of that year, a magnitude 7.0 quake occurred in the Aegean Sea, killing 114 people and wounding more than 1,000 in İzmir province.

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