A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Ayvacık district of Çanakkale province in western Turkey on Sunday, which has been gripped by earthquakes of similar size over the past week, causing minor material damage but major panic among the locals.
According to a statement by the Kandilli Observatory, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 8.2 kilometers at 4:48 p.m. local time.
The region has been seismically active over the last week with a series of earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks varying between 4.2 and 5.3 in magnitude have worried locals in Çanakkale, a western province where the epicenter is a town called Ayvacık on the shore of the Aegean Sea. Eight people were injured and a number of buildings, mostly in villages, were damaged.
Çanakkale Governor Orhan Tavlı said that no injuries have been reported so far and citizens are being warned to stay away from buildings previously damaged buildings. He added damage assessment units are currently in the largely rural area to determine whether the latest earthquake caused any additional damage.
Ayvacık Mayor Mehmet Ünal Şahin said that reports of damage in several houses in villages have arrived to the municipality.
A 4-magnitude earthquake was also recorded in the district at 3:15 p.m. local time, two hours before the latest earthquake.
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