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Strong Quake Rocks Western Turkey

November 12, 1999

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A strong earthquake rocked western Turkey today, collapsing buildings and injuring hundreds of people, Turkey’s private NTV television reported.

The quake’s preliminary magnitude was at least 6.5, said the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. The quake was centered in Duzce, 115 miles east of Istanbul.

In Duzce, so many people were injured that casualties had to be treated in the garden of the hospital, NTV reported.

In nearby Bolu, the quake set off explosions in some buildings, triggering fires, the town’s police chief, Ugur Gur, said. He said the road to Istanbul was severed by the quake.

The temblor was the second quake in Turkey in as many days.

On Thursday, a magnitude-5.7 aftershock killed one person and injured 171. That quake was centered in the area of western Turkey that is still recovering from an Aug. 17 earthquake that killed at least 17,000 people.

Turkey is preparing to play host to delegations from 54 countries for a Nov. 18-19 summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. President Clinton is expected to arrive in Turkey on Sunday.

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