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Earthquake shakes Turkey

A preliminary magnitude earthquake of 5.5 shook southeast Turkey on Thursday, causing panic, damaging buildings and injuring five, officials and media reported. The earthquake centered on the town of Samat in Adiyaman province. It was followed by two tremors, the strongest of which was 4.4, the AFAD disaster and emergency management agency reported. Samsat's mayor, Yusuf Firat, said at least five people were injured. The quake knocked down a school and the residences of the governor and the mayor, although in those buildings there were no injuries, he added. Four teams of 35 rescuers flocked to the area, private news agency Dogan reported. The US Geological Survey estimated the preliminary magnitude at 5.6 and added that the tremor was very shallow, just 10 kilometers deep. It was felt in the neighboring provinces of Gaziantep, Kilis, Batman and Sanliurfa.

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