State-run Anadolu Agency reported that the earthquake was felt in several neighboring provinces and some people rushed out of their homes, fearing a building collapse. “We have not received any negative news concerning the earthquake up to now,” Anadolu quoted Malatya Gov. Aydin Barus as saying.
Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which sits atop two major fault lines. In January, a powerful earthquake centered in the neighboring province of Elazig province killed 41 people, including four in Malatya.
Turkey’s worst quake in decades came in 1999, when a pair of strong earthquakes struck in the northwest, killing around 18,000 people.