President: Eight people injured as result of earthquake in Turkey’s Istanbul
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Eight people were injured as a result of the earthquake in Turkey’s Istanbul city, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
“Old buildings cracked in some districts of Istanbul,” the president added, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media.
The president stressed that 28 tremors have been registered so far.
“The governmental commission has been established under the leadership of Vice President Fuat Oktay to explore the consequences of the earthquake,” President Erdogan added.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Istanbul on Sept. 26.
"The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of five kilometers. Tremors were felt in neighbouring cities including Canakkale province," reports read.
The earthquake occurred at 13:59 (UTC +3).
There were no casualties, but the earthquake caused panic among the local population.
A number of schools cancelled classes.
Earlier, an earthquake of 4.7 magnitude hit Istanbul on Sept. 24.
The Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute under Bogazici University earlier predicted the 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Istanbul city.
Turkey is located in a seismically active zone and earthquakes occur quite often, leading to casualties.
The most powerful fluctuations of the earth's crust in the country were noted in 1999 in the Marmara Sea region. The magnitude of aftershocks then was 7.4. The earthquake caused the deaths of about 18,000 people.
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