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article imageMagnitude-5.8 earthquake shakes southwest Turkey — 6 injured

By Anne Sewell     Jun 10, 2012 in Environment
Fethiye - Southwest Turkey was hit by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake today, which was also felt on the Greek Island of Rhodes and in Northern Cyprus.
According to local media, six people were reportedly injured after jumping from their balconies or windows in panic and are being treated in a local hospital.
Fethiye, a popular resort town in Mugla province, is the closest town to the epicenter of the quake, which was in the Aegean Sea. Tremors were also felt on the Greek Island of Rhodes, with no injuries reported, and the quake was also felt in Northern Cyprus.
Residents in Fethiye told NTV that the earthquake lasted around 30 seconds. They said that many people stayed outside as the aftershocks hit the area.
The earthquake struck at 3:44 p.m. (12:44 GMT) at a depth of almost 25 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
These regions of Greece and Turkey are in seismically active areas and suffer frequent earthquakes.
In October 2011, more than 600 people were killed in the eastern province of Van from a quake of 7.2-magnitude. In 1999, two massive earthquakes killed around 20,000 people in the country's densely populated northwest.
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