ISTANBUL -- Two people died and more than 100 were injured after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit western Turkey, authorities said Friday.
The tremblor, which was felt in Istanbul and other cities hundreds of miles away, damaged buildings, shattered windows and cut off electricity and phone communications.
More than 50 aftershocks were recorded after the quake struck late Thursday.
An 18-year-old student was killed by falling rubble from a damaged building, while another victim died of a heart attack suffered during the quake, officials said.
Residents of Simav, which is located near the city of Kutahya, were told not to go back into their homes because of the potential for additional damage caused by aftershocks.
More than 300 search-and-rescue workers and medical personnel were sent to Simav on Friday, as well as more than 2,000 tents to provide temporary shelters for those whose homes had been destroyed.
Turkey is crisscrossed by active fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.
In 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake in the city of Izmit killed an estimated 17,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
In recent years, the government has instituted stricter building codes, but poor construction remains the cause of many of Turkey's earthquake-related deaths.
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