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26 Sep 2019 | 01:08 PM UTC

Turkey: 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes near Istanbul September 26

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A 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes near Istanbul September 26; aftershocks possible over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Istanbul). COUNTRY/REGION Istanbul


The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Istanbul at 13:59 (local time) on Thursday, September 26. According to initial reports, the quake struck in the sea of Marmara, 70 km (43 mi) west of Istanbul at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). Several offices and schools were evacuated across the city. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Further aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the Istanbul area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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