Turkey Earthquake: 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Western Turkey

By on May 20, 2011 in Asia, Europe, Events, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
Map of Simav, Turkey
Map Of Simav, Turkey
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Turkey was hit by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 20:15 p.m.(UTC), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website.

Preliminary reports said that the earthquake was centered near the town of Simav in Kutahya province damaging old buildings and took 2 lives.

One person was said to have died in Simav after jumping out of the window in panic while an elderly woman passed away due to a heart attack, according to Gov. Kenan Ciftci of Kutahya province in an interview by a local television.

“A citizen panicked and died after jumping from the window,” Kutahya Governor Kenan Ciftci was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, an empty building collaped in the earthquake and about two-dozen of people was said to have been injured due to jumping out of the windows or balconies and injuries from broken glass, TV news reports said.

The earthquake was also felt as far as the Aegean city of Izmir, northwestern city of Bursa, Istanbul and the city of Tekirdag in the Thrace, according to international reports.

Several aftershocks were also felt and the strongest being reported is a 4.6 magnitude in Kutahya. Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandili Observatory also warned the people that more aftershocks in the coming days will be felt.

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