5.8 Magnitude Earthquake hits Italy and Turkey 6-11-12 – QUAKE FOOTAGE
Seven people were injured jumping from buildings when an earthquake shook popular tourist resorts in Turkey and Greece yesterday.
It was the largest of 40 small quakes off Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts to hit within a 24-hour period.
The areas hit by the quake – southwest Turkey and the Greek island of Rhodes – are extremely popular with British tourists, attracting more than 1.25 million of us each year. The earthquake measured 5.8 and struck off the coast of the province of Mugla in Turkey just before 4pm yesterday.
Buildings were damaged and seven people were being treated for injuries in hospital, according to local health officials.
The majority were hurt in the panic after the quake hit, jumping from balconies and windows as buildings shook.
It was not confirmed whether they were tourists and there were no deaths reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said that the latest earthquake struck at 3.44pm local time, at a depth of nearly 25 miles.
Residents in the tourism hub town of Fethiye, in Mugla province, said that the quake lasted about 30 seconds. Many people remained outside, too frightened to return to their homes or hotels, as aftershocks rocked the area.
The earthquake was felt in several Turkish provinces as well as in the city of Izmir, about 330 km north of Fethiye, and northern Cyprus.
Tremors were also felt strongly on the popular Greek island of Rhodes, which lies in the Aegean Sea – the part of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.
More than 250,000 British visitors head to the Aegean island each year. Police there said there are no reports of injured people or damage.
Earthquakes are a daily occurrence in Turkey, which is criss-crossed by geological fault lines.