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ANKARA, Turkey — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Turkey on Thursday, and there were reports of casualties and damaged buildings in one town. The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said the quake in Kutahya province occurred at 23:15 p.m. (2015GMT) and was centered near the town of Simav. AHaber TV said there were casualties at a hospital in Simav, but did not say how many. Ambulances reportedly ferried the injured for treatment.