A 5.8 earthquake which shook southweast Turkey yesterday (10 June) has injured seven people, according to reports.
Those injured had apparently jumped from their balconies or windows, and the quake, centred near Fethiye on Turkey’s Aegean coast was also felt on the Greek island of Rhodes and in northern Cyprus. No tourists were injured.
Fethiye is a popular tourist spot and residents in the city of Izmir which lies about 330 km north of Fethiye, also felt the impact.
Earthquakes are not new news in the area. The latest quake, which registered almost 6.0 on the Richter scale, struck at 3.44pm on Sunday and residents told local news stations that it lasted for about 30 seconds.
Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office said the quake caused damage to property and some injuries. Phone lines went down in Fethiye, the closest town to the quake’s epicentre.
Like California, Turkey has numerous geological “fault lines”, so quakes are a regular occurrence. Last October a 7.2 magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of over 600 people in the province of Van, and two very big quakes killed 20,000 in the northwest of Turkey in 1999.
Fethiye is one of the most popular resorts along the Turkish coast. It’s set on a wide bay, strewn with many islands.
Fethiye is 135 kilometers (84 miles) southwest of Marmaris in Mugla province, and has a busy marina. It’s an area of exceptional natural beauty, with vast stretches of beach bordered by pine forests.