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Earthquake shakes damaged Turkish town
Updated: 2005-03-24 09:25

A strong earthquake shook southeastern Turkey on Wednesday, causing panic in a remote town already damaged by a recent quake. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The magnitude 5.5 quake struck shortly before midnight and was centered near the town of Karliova in rural Bingol province, the Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory said.

There was no damage in the town center, according to Mayor Muzaffer Golen, the Anatolia news agency reported. But he said authorities were still trying to check on the situation in nearby mountain villages.

It was the second quake to strike the area in the last two weeks. A magnitude 5.7-quake injured 15 people and damaged 150 houses in the same town on March 12.

A 1995 magnitude 6.4 quake killed 177 people in Bingol, about 430 miles east of Ankara.

Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which lies atop active fault lines. Two strong earthquakes killed some 18,000 people in 1999.

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