Twelve injured in Turkish quake

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A moderate earthquake hit southern Turkey on Friday, jolting a town, sending residents into the streets or jumping from balconies in panic.

A moderate earthquake hit southern Turkey on Friday, jolting a town, sending residents into the streets or jumping from balconies in panic.

Hospital officials said a 13-year-old girl was treated for broken legs and arms after she jumped out of her third-floor apartment. Eleven others suffered cuts or bruises while five others suffered from shock.

Istanbul's Kandilli Observatory said the epicenter of the quake was near the town of Osmaniye, 570 kilometers (356 miles) southeast of Ankara. Most people in the town were asleep when the magnitude 4.8 quake hit at 06:01 a.m. (O301 GMT).

The quake caused cracks in the walls of some houses while damaging the minarets of at least two mosques, the Anatolia news agency said.

The governor's office was trying to determine the damage. Private CNN-Turk television said the residents feared returning to their homes.

Two strong earthquakes leveled parts of northwestern Turkey in August and November, killing more than 18,000 people.

The woman who threw herself out of the building Friday apparently feared she could be trapped if her house collapsed.

The quake struck four days after a magnitude 4.5 quake damaged 200 houses in the town of Puturge, further east. Puturge lies on the East Anatolian fault, which also extends to the east of Osmaniye.

Most of Turkey lies on another fault, the North Anatolian, the source of last year's killer quakes.

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