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Moderate Quake Shakes S. Turkey

May 12, 2000

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A moderate earthquake hit southern Turkey on Friday, sending residents of the town of Osmaniye into the streets or jumping from balconies in panic.

Hospital officials said a woman was treated for broken legs and arms after she jumped out of her third-floor apartment.

The epicenter of the quake was near Osmaniye, 350 miles southeast of Ankara, according to Istanbul’s Kandilli Observatory. Most people were asleep when the magnitude 4.8 quake hit at 6:01 a.m.

The quake caused cracks in the walls of some houses while damaging the minarets of at least two mosques, the Anatolia news agency said.

The governor’s office was trying to determine the damage.

The quake struck four days after a magnitude 4.5 quake damaged 200 houses in the town of Puturge, further east. Puturge lies on the East Anatolian fault, which also extends to the east of Osmaniye.

Most of Turkey lies on another fault, the North Anatolian, the source of two strong earthquakes that leveled parts of northwestern Turkey in August and November, killing more than 18,000 people.

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