5.2 magnitude earthquake shudders eastern Turkey

5.2 magnitude earthquake shudders eastern Turkey

5.2 magnitude earthquake shudders eastern Turkey

Tremors from an earthquake with a 5.2 magnitude shuddered the eastern province of Malatya in Turkey on Aug. 4, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The quake, with its epicenter in the Pütürge district of Malatya, struck at about 12.37 p.m. local time, AFAD said, adding that it occurred at a depth of 8.16 kilometers (around 5 miles).

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Twitter that no damage had been reported so far from the provincial governor's office.

Citing field researches conducted by AFAD, police and gendarmerie teams, as well as based on information received from local authorities, the provincial governor's office said in a statement that no casualties were reported.

The respective authorities started to work on damage assessment of buildings, it added.

The statement also urged those people, whose properties were damaged, not to return to their homes until the damage assessment work is completed, adding that this is "very important in terms of life safety of citizens" due to the aftershocks in the region.

Malatya Mayor Selahattin Gürkan, mayor of Malatya, said there were no fatalities or loss of property in the area according to the initial reports received from the region.

He added that the buildings, which had been damaged in previous earthquakes in the district, were damaged more by the current quake.

"Gendarmerie and AFAD teams are in communication with neighborhoods," Malatya Governor Aydın Baruş told Anadolu Agency, adding that they have not heard of any negative developments so far.

He also said the earthquake was felt throughout the province.

Meanwhile, Pütürge Mayor told broadcaster CNNTürk that the quake had caused some damage, but there were no reports of casualties.

The earthquake was also felt in neighboring provinces such as Diyarbakır, Batman, Elazığ, Siirt, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa, and Gaziantep.

Several ministers and political party leaders extended their sympathy for those affected by the quake, noting that they are closely following the developments.