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5.2-magnitude earthquake hits Van province in eastern Turkey

(Xinhua)

16:37, November 15, 2011

ANKARA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- A 5.2-magnitude earthquake early Tuesday shook the province of Van in eastern Turkey, already devastated by two strong temblors, Turkey's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said in a statement.

It was not clear whether the latest quake in Van province caused any damage or injuries, said the statement, adding that its epicenter was in the village of Mollakasim.

A 7.2-magnitude quake last month and a 5.6-magnitude quake last week flattened some 2,000 buildings, killed 644 people and left thousands homeless in the province of Van, where an unusually cold November is making survivors suffer even more.

 
 
 
 
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