Quake Kills One, Injures Eight in Eastern Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A moderate earthquake jolted eastern Turkey on Friday, killing one person, injuring eight people and sending hundreds of residents rushing from their homes, authorities said.
Mehmet Capraz, deputy governor of Malatya province, told The Associated Press by telephone the quake brought down at least 100 houses that were slightly damaged by a quake in May.
Capraz said the quake destroyed a recently built primary school building in Malatya.
The quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit at 1:41 p.m. local time in Malatya, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Adiyaman and Kahrmanmaras provinces. A spokesman for the Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul said the epicenter was 495 miles east of Istanbul.
A quake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit the same area last month, killing nine people and injuring 211.
The Richter scale is a gauge of the energy released by an earthquake, as measured by the ground motion recorded on a seismograph.
An earthquake of 5 magnitude on the Richter scale can cause considerable damage and one of 6 can cause severe damage.