Minor quake hits Turkey

NEW YORK -- An earthquake measuring 5.9 in magnitude hit central Turkey on June 5, reportedly killing three people in an area 60 miles north of the capital city of Ankara.

No tourist areas were affected by the quake, according to a representative from the Turkish Tourist Office in New York.

Mazhar Pepemehmet, general manager U.S. of Pacha Tours here, which conducts tours solely to Turkey, said earthquakes no longer come up as a major concern from clients.

"It used to, when the big earthquake hit in August and for two to three months after that," he said.

The 7.4 magnitude quake last August took about 18,000 lives. It did not damage hotels or tourism-related sites, but U.S. tourism dropped 10.7% last September compared with 1998.

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