5.6-magnitude earthquake rocks southeastern Turkey

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 02, 2017, 10:16:48 AM EST

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey on Thursday, injuring at least five people.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck at 2:07 p.m. Thursday (6:07 a.m. EST) about 3 km (1.9 miles) west of Samsat or 25.1 km (15.6 miles) southeast of Adiyaman, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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The USGS estimates that very strong shaking, capable of causing moderate damage, took place near the epicenter.

At least five people sustained injuries in Samsat, where some buildings were knocked down, according to the Associated Press.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

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Light shaking has been felt as far away as Urfa and Gaziantep, both of which are located toward the Turkish border with Syria.

While a little rain can dampen Samsat through Thursday night, AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman expects steadier rain to follow on Friday.

"However, the rain on Friday does not look like it will have a huge impact on cleanup efforts as rainfall should be held to 6 mm (0.25 of an inch) or less," he said.

"Then, it looks to dry out for the weekend."

Temperatures will drop to near 8 C (47 F) on Thursday night before rising to a high of 14 C (58 F) on Friday. For this weekend, temperatures will rebound to 18 C (65 F) as sunshine returns.

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