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    Second quake rocks Izmir

    Hürriyet Haber
    18 Ekim 2005 - 10:05Son Güncelleme : 18 Ekim 2005 - 10:05

    Another strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the western Aegean city of Izmir at 12.46 p.m. on Monday, injuring six people and causing panic amongst residents. Six people were hospitalized after they jumped from the balcony of their apartments in panic when they felt the second tremor. “The second quake was extremely strong. It shook the area quite violently,” Umut Taskin, an accountant from Izmir, told AFP on the telephone.

    It was the second quake to hit the region reported the Anatolian news agency, as the first quake hit at 8:45 a.m. and was felt in several Turkish towns on the Aegean coast and on the nearby Greek islands of Chios and Samos.

    Officials at Kandilli Observatory Center said that the epicenter of the quake was off the town of Seferihisar, which lies 40 kilometres southwest from Turkey’s third biggest city of Izmir, and put the first quake’s intensity at 5.7 points on the open-ended Richter scale while the Athens observatory said it measured six points.

    The Anatolia news agency reported that people were refusing to go inside buildings, preferring to wait in parks amid a flurry of aftershocks while landline and mobile phone services were disrupted.



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