Magnitude 5.5 quake hits western Turkey

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit a town in western Turkey yesterday, sending people rushing out of buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

The earthquake was centred in the town of Saruhanli, in Manisa province, at a depth of nine kilometres, the government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.

HaberTurk news channel said it was felt in the neighbouring provinces of Izmir, Aydin and Mugla.

Mayor Besim Dutlulu told HaberTurk residents left their homes in panic but there were no reports of casualties.

The quake came a day after another temblor, measuring 5.4, shook the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran, slightly injuring five people and damaging homes.