Earthquake in Turkey

5.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southeast Turkey

The earthquake, which could be felt in several provinces of southeast Turkey, had its epicentre in the municipality of Pütürge.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Turkish province of Malatya, located in southeastern Turkey, on Tuesday, causing some material damage but fortunately without leaving any injuries, according to local authorities.

According to data from the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), the earthquake broke out at 12:37 noon (11:37 CET) at a depth of only 8.16 kilometres below the earth’s surface and with an epicentre in the municipality of Pütürge; however, although AFAD placed the intensity of the earthquake at 5.2 on the Richter scale, the prestigious United States Geological Service (USGS) raised it to 5.5 degrees.

Although it was initially reported that there were no injuries or material damage, the mayor of Pütürge later declared to CNN Türk that there was damage to some buildings in the town. Meanwhile, members of AFAD and the Turkish gendarmerie were inspecting the affected area on Tuesday for possible structural damage.

The governor of Malatya, Aydın Baruş, declared for his part to the media that the earthquake could also be felt in other neighbouring provinces, such as Diyarbakır, Batman, Elazığ, Siirt, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa, and Gaziantep. Pütürge was already the epicentre last June of another earthquake that reached 5 degrees of intensity.