UPDATE – Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes southeastern Turkey

UPDATES WITH NUMBER OF INJURED PEOPLE, ADDS MORE DETAIL, ADDS PM'S REMARKS

By Kerem Kocalar and Kemal Karagoz

ADIYAMAN, Turkey (AA) – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Samsat district in Turkey's southeastern Adiyaman province early Tuesday.

According to the Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the quake struck at 3.34 a.m. (0034 GMT) at a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles).

Speaking at a news conference ahead of his visit to Spain’s capital Madrid on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said fortunately no deaths had been reported so far in the district.

Samsat District Governor Sedat Sezik told Anadolu Agency there were no immediate reports of major damage from the earthquake, adding that at least 13 people were reported injured after the quake.

Sezik said earlier the earthquake was felt in nearby cities — Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Diyarbakir — while some buildings in surrounding villages and districts were damaged. He added that search-and-rescue activities had begun in the province as AFAD teams reached the quake site.

The district governor also said eight aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 1.4 to 2.7 were experienced within an hour.

Public schools will remain closed Tuesday due to the earthquake, the district governor office said.

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