An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shakes eastern Turkey

ISTANBUL — An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook eastern Turkey’s Van province late Sunday.

Turkish Emergency and Disaster Authority AFAD said the earthquake struck 18.6 kilometers (11.5 miles) deep at 9:35 PM (1835 GMT) near the Tusba district of Van. The province borders Iran.

Governor Ozan Balci told the official Anadolu news agency that there were no “negative” reports yet, but relief teams were working to identify possible damage. Turkey’s health minister tweeted that there are no reports of deaths or injuries.

An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit Van in 2011, killing more than 600 people and injuring thousands. In 2020, nine people were killed in an earthquake in the Iranian city of Khoy measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale.

Turkey sits atop major fault lines and earthquakes are frequent.

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