Two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.3 jolted Turkey’s northern Aegean coast on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Hundreds of homes are destroyed in at least five villages. At least five people have been injured. No dead reported so far.
The first quake was centred beneath the Aegean off the coast from the town of Ayvacik in Turkey’s northwestern Canakkale province and struck at 6:51 a.m.
The second temblor occurred at 1:58 p.m. and was centred in Ayvacik. The seismology centre also recorded an aftershock measuring 4.9.
Orhan Tavli, the governor for Canakkale, said around 90 homes were damaged in the first quake and at least five people were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Tents were being dispatched to temporarily house those whose homes were damaged.
The villages of Tasagil, Tuzla, Yukari, Cam and Gulpinar – near Ayvacik – were affected.
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