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Moderate quake shakes Turkish capital

world Updated: Dec 20, 2007 18:12 IST

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude up to 5.7 shook Turkey's capital on Thursday, seismologists said, causing damage in at least one village. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The quake, which struck at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, lasted for a few minutes, and caused apartment
buildings and furniture to sway and chandeliers to fall in Ankara. Turkey's Istanbul-based Kandilli seismology center gave the preliminary magnitude as 5.7 while the US Geological Survey said it was 5.3.

Kandilli said the epicenter of the shallow temblor - which struck at 11:48 a.m. (0948 GMT) - was the town of Bala, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Ankara. There were two smaller quakes, measuring 3.9 and 4.0, earlier in the day.