Eastern Turkey shaken by 5.3 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a 5.3 magnitude has shaken Elazig province in eastern Turkey

ISTANBUL -- An earthquake with a 5.3 magnitude shook Elazig province in eastern Turkey on Sunday.

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu tweeted there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 09:37 a.m. (0637 GMT), Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate said. It was felt in several neighboring provinces.

Turkey is crisscrossed by major fault lines and earthquakes are frequent.

In January, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Elazig, killing 41 people in that province and neighboring Malatya.

Another deadly quake struck western port city of Izmir in October, killing 116 people.

Turkey’s worst quake in decades came in 1999, when a pair of strong earthquakes struck northwest Turkey, killing around 18,000 people.

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