5.5-magnitude earthquake strikes western Turkey, no casualties reported

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ISTANBUL, June 26 (Xinhua) -- A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit western Turkey on Friday, but no casualties have been reported so far.

The tremor took place at 10:21 local time (0721 GMT) in the Saruhanli district of the province of Manisa, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced on Twitter.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that no reports of casualties were so far received, noting that rescue teams have been continuing to scan the rural areas.

The quake was also felt in the nearby cities of Aydin, Izmir, and Mugla, causing short-term panic.

"We were having a meeting at the office when we were jolted by a strong trembling," Yasemin Boncuk, a citizen in Izmir, told Xinhua on the phone.

"We immediately left the building, and now we are waiting for some announcements from the authorities before entering the building," she added.

Izmir, Turkey's third-biggest city, is some 50 km from the epicenter of the earthquake. Enditem

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