5.3-magnitude earthquake hits Turkey’s Bodrum

A Turkish tourist resort has been hit by another earthquake two weeks after a powerful tremor triggered a tsunami in the area.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook the southwestern Turkish town of Bodrum this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries. The quake struck some about 9 miles southeast of the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum, the USGS said.

Bodrum is a popular resort packed with Turks and foreigners on holidays during the summer months.

It comes just over two weeks after desperate tourists fled from Turkish and Greek resorts in the wake of a killer earthquake.

Two people were killed and 500 more injured after the powerful quake struck off the Turkish coast, triggering a tsunami that hit resorts in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas and damaged buildings across the region.

The epicentre of the magnitude-6.7 quake was off Bodrum, southwest Turkey, with the country’s Aegean coast and Greek holiday islands including Kos and Rhodes worst affected.

Holidaymakers fled hotels in terror and some even jumped from balconies as the quake hit before running for their lives to higher ground as tsunami waves surged through beachfront resorts moments later, flooding bars and restaurants, carrying away cars and depositing boats in town streets.

On the island of Kos, where a state of emergency was declared, two male tourists – a 20-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey – were killed under a collapsed ceiling at the packed White Corner Club bar.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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