21 May 2011

Fatal quake in Turkey

9:44 am on 21 May 2011

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred in north-west Turkey on Thursday night, killing at least two people and injuring 79.

It was centred on the town of Simav, in Kutahya province, 310km west of the capital Ankara, at 11.15pm (local time).

The BBC reports that residents ran into the streets and many spent the night in cars after being warned not to go back to their homes.

State media reported that at least one derelict building collapsed.

The Kandilli observatory in Istanbul reported the quake was followed by around 50 aftershocks.

At least 51 people were killed in a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in eastern Turkey in March 2010.