Earthquakes rock Turkish capital

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Two small earthquakes, the strongest registering a preliminary magnitude of 3.0, rocked Turkey's capital Ankara in the early hours today.

Two small earthquakes, the strongest registering a preliminary magnitude of 3.0, rocked Turkey's capital Ankara in the early hours today. No injuries or damages were reported.

The three–magnitude quake hit just past midnight, followed by a second temblor registering 2.9 in magnitude at 1:05am (2205 GMT). A 2.9 quake shook this city of 3 million people at 6:45pm (1545 GMT) yesterday.

There were no scenes of panic and many residents said they did not feel the quakes.

Most of Turkey lies on the actice North Anatolian fault and small and moderate quakes are frequent. Ruptures in the fault led to two massive quakes that killed more than 18,000 people and devastated large parts of northwestern Turkey in 1999.

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