Monday, November 16, 2015

Moderate quake hits İstanbul, no damage reported

A moderate earthquake has hit off the coast of İstanbul in the Sea of Marmara, affecting some industrial Turkish cities, though no casualties or damages were reported in the area.

Boğaziçi University's kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute says the 4.2 magnitude quake struck on Monday at 5:45 p.m. at a depth of 12 kilometers with its epicenter in in the Marmara Sea, 18 kilometers off the Avcılar district.

Earthquakes frequently rattle İstanbul, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. 

The most recent devastating earthquake to strike İstanbul occurred in Aug. 17, 1999. A 7.6-magnitude tremor struck at 3:02 a.m. local time, killing tens of thousands of people.

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