Early reports indicated that the quake was felt as far away as the Turkish city of Istanbul and capital Ankara. At this time, there is no evidence of serious structural damage or fatalities.
A strong magnitude 6.0 was recorded in western Turkey early Wednesday and appeared to have been felt over a distance of more than 200 kilometers, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center has detailed.
Findings from the non-profit organization showed that the quake was felt at a depth of 6 kilometers near Duzce, the capital of Turkey’s western Duzce province. At present, one aftershock – a magnitude of 3.0 – has been registered in the same area.
A preliminary measurement by the US Geological Survey determined that the first earthquake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Testimonials collected by the EMSC organization varied in their descriptions of the event, with some noting that the earthquake woke them up or caused the electricity in their home to go out.
“It wasn’t very scary,” wrote one user who was about 58 kilometers from the epicenter. “It lasted 10 seconds from what I can see.”
Another user commented that their house was “rocking like a cradle.”
The deadliest earthquake near Duzce occurred in August 1999, when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed more than 17,000 people. EMSC noted that earthquakes of similar magnitude struck the area in 1944 and 1970, killing more than 5,000 residents in total.