Published: 2019-09-26 15:32
Last Updated: 2019-09-26 16:00
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 shook Turkey’s largest city Istanbul on Thursday, September 26, 2019, sending residents out of buildings and on to the streets though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, Reuters reported.
Witnesses felt buildings shake in the city during the quake and said some offices and schools were temporarily evacuated.
"There were no immediate reports of damage or people hurt, Istanbul Mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu tweeted.
A M5.7 #deprem #earthquake struck Marmara sea an hr ago. It had been preceded by an earthquake a M4.9 2 days ago and has been already followed by several felt aftershocks 1/n pic.twitter.com/cxU9YIe3c5— EMSC (@LastQuake) September 26, 2019
The Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said the epicenter of the quake was about 70 km (44 miles) west of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea, south of the town of Silivri.
The tremor was at a depth of 12.6 km, Kandilli said. The United States Geological Survey also said it had a 5.7 magnitude.
In 1999 a quake measuring 7.6 struck the city of Izmit, 90 km southeast of Istanbul, killing more than 17,000 people.