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5.2 magnitude earthquake in western Turkey felt in Israel

No casualties or damage reported in temblor whose epicenter was near Turkish city of Alanya

Illustrative: A seismograph detects an earthquake (Petrovich9; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: A seismograph detects an earthquake (Petrovich9; iStock by Getty Images)

An earthquake that struck Turkey Saturday afternoon was felt in parts of northern Israel.

The epicenter of the temblor was offshore near the Turkish city of Alanya. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage anywhere. Residents in northern Israel reported feeling the quake.

On Thursday, Turkey’s disaster authority and the US Geological Survey said a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, or AFAD, said Thursday there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that hit at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles).

Turkey is crisscrossed by fault lines and was hit by two strong tremors this year — one that struck the western port city of Izmir last month, killing 117 people, and another in Elazig province, killing 41 people.

At least 17,000 people died in a powerful earthquake in northwest Turkey in 1999.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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