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Powerful earthquake hits Turkey near Denizli, 'buildings destroyed'

Devdiscourse News Desk Ankara
Updated: 08-08-2019 17:49 IST
Powerful earthquake hits Turkey near Denizli, 'buildings destroyed'

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A powerful earthquake has hit Turkey near the town of Denizli in the western part of the country, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Local media has reported that two buildings were destroyed but it isn't immediately clear if there were any casualties.

The earthquake which sent powerful tremors near Denizli measured 6.0 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake was located 48 km E of Denizli at a depth of seven km.

One testimony on the website of EMSC said, "Very strong. For the last 3 years I'm in Turkey this earthquake was the most strong I felt."

There are some unconfirmed reports of people being trapped in the rubble. Nearly 100 homes in the region have been left inaccessible.

Denizli is around 100km from tourist hotspots of Marmaris and Dalaman which are popular with British holidaymakers.

In 2011, 604 people were killed when a massive 7.2 magnitude quake hit the eastern Van Province.

COUNTRY : Turkey