Strong quake jolts eastern Turkey, at least one killed
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 1:28 a.m.
TUNCELI, Turkey - A strong earthquake shook a mountainous area of eastern Turkey on Monday, damaging houses and killing at least one person, officials said. At least six people were reported injured after jumping out of windows in panic.
The magnitude 6.5 quake had its epicenter near the town of Pulumur in the eastern province of Tunceli, the Istanbul-based Kandilli seismology center said. It was felt in the nearby provinces of Erzincan, Erzurum and Sivas.
A 65-year-old woman was killed after a barn collapsed in her village of Saglamtas, near Pulumur, local official Ali Ada said.
Three students were injured when they jumped out of the window of their hostel, Public Works Minister Zeki Ergezen told The Associated Press. Three other people were injured in Erzincan province also after jumping out of windows, the Anatolia news agency reported.
"I heard the windows of four or five houses shatter," said Engin Oymen, a taxi driver in Tunceli city. "We ran out as fast as we could."
Falling rocks blocked roads, hampering access to some areas, Ergezen said.
"I think there is great damage in the villages," he said after flying from Ankara to Elazig, a regional center. "Magnitude 6.5 is quite strong. The effects could be quite devastating."
A magnitude 6 quake can cause severe damage.
Ergezen later told NTV television, "We are so happy that we have only one death."
Ada said there were reports of damages to homes in at least five villages.
Tunceli province, about 480 miles east of the capital Ankara, is not heavily populated.
Most of Turkey lies on the active North Anatolian fault. A quake measuring 6.2 killed 97 people in Pulumur in 1967, according to Anatolia. More than 650 people were killed when a 6.8-strong quake struck nearby Erzincan in 1992.
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