Earthquakes shake Turkish capital Ankara, western Turkey

Turkey’s capital Ankara and western provinces were hit by separate earthquakes over the past 24 hours. 

Ankara was rattled early Thursday by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.  The earthquake's epicentre was 13 km (8 miles) below the surface in Ankara's Akyurt district, it said.

The governor of Ankara said no casualties or material losses had been reported after the tremor. 

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Akhisar in the Manisa province at a depth of 6.8 kilometers (4.2 miles) on Wednesday evening, leaving four people injured and some buildings damaged. It was followed by a magnitude 4.1 aftershock.

The moderately strong earthquake was also felt in neighbouring provinces including İzmir, Turkey’s third largest city, and Istanbul.

Turkey is located on active seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. A magnitude-7.4 quake killed more than 17,000 people in northwestern Turkey in 1999.