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Istanbul earthquake: Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Turkey

Istanbul earthquake: Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Turkey
5.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Istanbul in the Marmara Sea on Sept. 26 caused panic among the residents of Istanbul.

An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Istanbul on Thursday, causing panic among residents, the evacuation of schools and public offices, and at least some damage to buildings.Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement that the quake struck in the Sea of Marmara at 13:59 pm (10:59 GMT) at 6.9 kilometres below ground.Buildings shook, children were assembled and hurried out of schools, and office workers rushed out into streets of Europe's largest city.In central Istanbul, the quake could be felt for as long as 15 seconds, shaking glassware and knocking over furnishings.

In the Istanbul district of Avcilar, on the European side of the Bosphorous, the quake knocked down a minaret of a mosque.Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu wrote on his Twitter account that there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries in the city of 16 million.The quake was reportedly felt in neighbouring provinces. On Tuesday, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake also hit off Silivri, a district of Istanbul province.Turkey is crossed by fault lines and prone to earthquakes.More than 200 were killed and 1,000 injured after a powerful 7.2 earthquake hit southeastern Turkey on 23 October 2011.

Most of the victims were in the town of Ercis where dozens of buildings collapsed.In 1999 a quake measuring 7.6 struck the city of Izmit, 90 km southeast of Istanbul, killing more than 17,000 people. Since then buildings codes have been tightened and laws requiring earthquake insurance have been passed. But many fear lax enforcement and poor urban planning during a two-decade long construction boom throughout the city leaves Istanbul unprepared for a major seismic event."The only good thing about today’s Istanbul earthquake has been the widespread realisation that there are woefully insufficient open spaces to go to in the event of an evacuation and that we are woefully unprepared for the Big One in Istanbul," Can Okar, a financial strategist who is a commentator on Turkish affairs wrote on Twitter. "Kids should be getting earthquake readiness education, more open spaces need to be created, comms plans set up, local evacuation protocols published, emergency responses codified and emergency kits deployed."An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Istanbul on Thursday, causing panic among residents, the evacuation of schools and public offices, and at least some damage to buildings.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement that the quake struck in the Sea of Marmara at 13:59 pm (10:59 GMT) at 6.9 kilometres below ground.Buildings shook, children were assembled and hurried out of schools, and office workers rushed out into streets of Europe's largest city.In central Istanbul, the quake could be felt for as long as 15 seconds, shaking glassware and knocking over furnishings.

In the Istanbul district of Avcilar, on the European side of the Bosphorous, the quake knocked down a minaret of a mosque.Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu wrote on his Twitter account that there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries in the city of 16 million.The quake was reportedly felt in neighbouring provinces. On Tuesday, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake also hit off Silivri, a district of Istanbul province.Turkey is crossed by fault lines and prone to earthquakes.More than 200 were killed and 1,000 injured after a powerful 7.2 earthquake hit southeastern Turkey on 23 October 2011.Most of the victims were in the town of Ercis where dozens of buildings collapsed.In 1999 a quake measuring 7.6 struck the city of Izmit, 90 km southeast of Istanbul, killing more than 17,000 people. Since then buildings codes have been tightened and laws requiring earthquake insurance have been passed. But many fear lax enforcement and poor urban planning during a two-decade long construction boom throughout the city leaves Istanbul unprepared for a major seismic event."The only good thing about today’s Istanbul earthquake has been the widespread realisation that there are woefully insufficient open spaces to go to in the event of an evacuation and that we are woefully unprepared for the Big One in Istanbul," Can Okar, a financial strategist who is a commentator on Turkish affairs wrote on Twitter. "Kids should be getting earthquake readiness education, more open spaces need to be created, comms plans set up, local evacuation protocols published, emergency responses codified and emergency kits deployed."According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), the earthquake's estimated magnitude was 5.8, and it took place at a depth of 6.99 km, some 21.68 km from Silivri.

A 3.6 earthquake also shook Istanbul earlier today, at 10.32 a.m. (0732GMT), according to AFAD. The epicenter of the quake was the Marmara Sea.The Kandilli Observatory said a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in the Sea of Marmara hit at 1.59 p.m.

(1059GMT).The earthquake, off Istanbul's Silivri district, occurred at a depth of 11.9 kilometers (7.3 miles).

In addition to Istanbul, Turkey's most populous city, the earthquake was also felt in nearby urban areas such as Kocaeli, Sakarya, Tekirdağ, Edirne and Kırklareli.Kocaeli Governor Hüseyin Aksoy and AFAD officials in Sakarya told Anadolu Agency that no negative outcome of the quake has been reported so far.The Istanbul Governorship said primary and secondary schools have been temporarily suspended today due to the quake, while there are no reports of damage as yet.Aftershocks could create an energy which will break the earth's crust, Kerem Kınık, Turkish Red Crescent head, said on Twitter.Kınık urged citizens to leave their houses which were damaged and risky to stay in. The buildings established before 1999 faces a risk ofdemolition, he warned.On Sept. 24, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake also hit off Silivri, according to AFAD.

 

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