According to a statement issued by Turkey’s monitoring service, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Turkey’s southwestern Denizli province, state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Thursday.
The Kandilli Observatory, which initially said the tremor measured 6.5 magnitudes said it took place 8 kilometers (5 miles) underground in Denizli’s Bozkurt district at 14.25 pm on Thursday.
The USGS also stated that the Denizli earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8.
Although there were no reports of fatalities, the earthquake sent nearly two dozen injured people to hospitals for treatment.
Some 23 people in three provinces near the epicenter went to the hospital and several buildings were damaged, AFAD added.
Osman Zolan, the mayor of Denizli, told CNN Turk television soon after the quake that there were no reports of fatalities and that teams were working on assessing the damage.
According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the earthquake had a magnitude of 6 and was felt in the provinces of Aydin, Manisa, Isparta, Burdur, Izmir, Afyonkarahisar, and Antalya, in addition to Denizli.
A few smaller quakes struck the region prior to the 5.7 quake.
A 4.3-magnitude struck near Denizli a few minutes earlier on Thursday, hours after a separate quake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale hit close to the Greek island of Samos, near the Turkish mainland.
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake was followed by more than 10 aftershocks measuring magnitudes between 2 and 4, AFAD head Mehmet Gulluoglu told state-run AA.
Turkey is a seismically active area with more than 300 active fault lines, and lies on two major fault lines – Eurasia and Africa/Arabia tectonic plates – and is therefore vulnerable to earthquakes.
More than 17,000 people lost their lives in northwestern Turkey in 1999 due to a magnitude 7,4 earthquake.