Turkey’s National Meteorological Agency said on Wednesday that an earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude struck the capital of Ankara late on Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring at least 200.
The agency said the earthquake occurred just before 9 a.m. local time.
A number of residents were injured and rescuers were called to the site after they received information of a “large earthquake,” the agency said in a statement.
It said the cause of the quake is still under investigation.
The Turkish Meteorological Department said it received a distress call shortly before 9:15 a., which it said was the initial cause of a magnitude-5.5 quake near the village of Kavu in the province of Şırnak.
The call triggered the immediate evacuation of Kivu, the main city in the country’s southeast, and rescue operations began.
The area around Kavru was sealed off by a massive police presence.