5.7 magnitude earthquake causes injuries, damage in southwestern Turkey

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 20, 2019, 6:32:51 AM EDT

An earthquake struck southwestern Turkey around 9:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, rattling towns and startling residents.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.7, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and was followed by two smaller aftershocks.

Turkey earthquake damage - 3/20/2019

A damaged house in the town of Acipayam in Denizli province, southwestern Turkey, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, after a moderately strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit the area, Turkish authorities said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties. (Depo Photos via AP)

The epicenter was centered on the town of Acipayam in Denizli province in southwestern Turkey.

At least three injuries were reported due to the quake, mostly due to falling debris, according to the Associated Press.

turkey earthquake 3/20

ShakeMap product by the USGS of the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Turkey on Mar. 20, 2019.

Several homes in rural areas were completely destroyed by the violent shaking and a hospital was evacuated.

Schools near the epicenter of the quake were also closed as a precaution.

In the coming days, a few showers could dampen clean-up efforts, but overall calm, mild weather is expected to continue across the region.

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Many across the area remember the devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake that shook northwestern Turkey in 1999, which caused widespread damage and killed more than 17,000 people.

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