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4.8 magnitude quake shakes Turkey

world Updated: Aug 12, 2010 09:52 IST

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 struck a town in western Turkey but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli seismology center says the quake occurred at 5:23 a.m. (0223 GMT) on Thursday, in the town of Balya, in Balikesir province.

Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which is crossed by faultlines.

In 1999, two powerful earthquakes struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.