Earthquake hits Turkish tourist resorts

At least six people were injured jumping from buildings as an earthquake hit tourist resorts in Turkey and Greece.

The quake measuring 6.0 struck off the coast of the Mediterranean province of Mugla, a popular destination for foreign tourists.
There were no immediate reports that tourists were among the injured.

The latest quake struck at 3.44pm local time in the Mediterranean at a depth of nearly 25 miles, the US Geological Survey said.

Residents in the tourism hub town of Fethiye told the NTV news channel that the quake lasted about 30 seconds. Many people remained outside as aftershocks rocked the area.

The earthquake was felt in several Turkish provinces as well as in the city of Izmir, northern Cyprus and the Greek island of Rhodes.

It was the largest in a series of about 40 small quakes off Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in the last 24 hours, Istanbul's Kandilli observatory said.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office said the quake caused damage to property and some injuries.

“The shock was felt in a number of tourist resorts frequented by British holidaymakers,” The FCO confirmed.  “Those in the affected areas should follow any instructions given by the local authorities.”

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