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Monday, July 9, 2012

5.6 (possibly 6.0) magnitude earthquake hits Turkey

A magnitude 5.6 quake has hit off the Turkish coastal town of Kalkan, with tremors felt as far away as the Egyptian capital Cairo. Local media report a 6.0 magnitude quake. The quake’s epicenter lies in the Mediterranean Sea, some 50 km from the town, which is a local tourist hotspot. The quake occurred around 15.45 local time (12.45 GMT) at a depth of 19.4 km. In Kalkan, the ground rumbled, spreading anxiety among residents and tourists. No reports of injuries or damage have been reported thus far. The tremor was felt along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts and also in nearby Greek islands.
No tsunami warning has been issued.

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