Turkey and Greece: Strong earthquake rocks tourist hubs


A car in the southern Turkish city of Mugla that was damaged by Sunday's earthquake.



A powerful earthquake has struck the Greek island of Rhodes and southwestern Turkey.

AFP reports that no one was killed in the tremor but that 59 people in the Turkey seaside resort of Oludeniz, near the city of Fethiye, were taken to hospital. Most were suffering from psychological trauma.  the news agency quotes the provincial health director Cihan Tekinis as saying that the number includes six to seven people who "jumped in panic from balconies or windows."

Police in Rhodes said there are no reports of injuries or damage.

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"It was terrible.  Everyone ran out onto the street. But here in the hotel nothing is damaged," Trend.az quotes Christos Pilatakis, chief executive of a hotel in the Rhodes resort of Lindos, as saying.

According to Associated Press, the Athens Geodynamic Institute gave the quake a preliminary magnitude of 5.8, saying that it struck at a depth of 23 miles in the Aegean Sea at 3:44 p.m. on Sunday, local time.  However, Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory gave a stronger preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with aftershocks of 4.9 and 4.7.

Turkey sits on a series of fault lines, the Italian news agency AGI explains.  Last year, an earthquake in the country's east killed 600 people, while 20,000 were killed in the northeast in 1999.

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