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Small Quakes Shake Turkey

August 29, 2000

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Four earthquakes, the strongest measuring 4.2 in magnitude, shook western and central Turkey early Tuesday. No injuries or damages were reported.

Three quakes were centered around the Aegean port of Izmir. The quakes, registering between 2.9 and 3.2 in magnitude, struck just before and just after midnight.

The central town of Orta was rocked by a 4.2-magnitude quake at 1:27 a.m., officials said. It was unclear if the temblor was an aftershock of the 5.9-magnitude quake that in June killed two people, injured 80 and collapsed homes in Orta.

Most of Turkey lies on the active Anatolian fault. Ruptures in the fault caused two massive quakes that killed some 18,000 people and devastated large parts of western Turkey last year.

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