Earthquake Strikes Turkey
March 8, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Another large earthquake has fatally struck. The pre-dawn earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 struck eastern Turkey on Monday about 340 miles east of Ankara, the capital. According to the Turkish Kandilli Observatory seismology center, the epicenter was near the village of Basyurt, and there were more than 20 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.1. Reportedly, more than 50 were confirmed killed while more than 60 people were injured so far. The country lies on top of the North Anatolian fault and has frequent earthquakes. In 1999, two powerful earthquakes struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18 000 people.