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5.5-magnitude earthquake shakes western Turkey

The earthquake was felt on the southern coast of the Aegean. In June alone, there have been several tremors in the east and west of the country.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook late Sunday Muğla province, located in western Turkey on the southern coast of the Aegean Sea, with its epicentre in the tourist district of Marmaris, according to Turkish emergency services.

According to data provided by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), the earthquake broke out at 20:43 local time (19:43 CET) with an epicentre off the coast of Marmaris, at a considerable depth (61.41 kilometres).

Although AFAD placed the intensity of the tremor at 5.2 degrees on the Richter Earthquake Measurement Scale, the prestigious United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors all earthquakes worldwide, raised its intensity to 5.5 degrees. Hours later, another 4.8-degree aftershock was registered in the same area.

Although the governor of Muğla, Orhan Tavlı, announced that no damage or injuries were reported, the event unleashed fear among many inhabitants of the region, and could also be felt in several neighbouring provinces such as İzmir or Antalya. “Our teams continue to carry out inspections,” Tavlı told media.

Turkey is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and several active tectonic faults cross its territory and periodically trigger earthquakes. In June alone, there have been several tremors in the east and west of the country that have caused material damage and even dozens of injured, such as the earthquake of almost 6 degrees that broke out two weeks ago in the eastern province of Bingöl.