A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Turkey and is felt as far away as Istanbul and Ankara, raising fears of damage
- The US Geological Survey on Wednesday estimated the magnitude of the quake at 6.1
- It struck 9 miles northwest of Düzce, about 32 miles northeast of Adapazan.
- Turkish residents felt the quake as far away as Istanbul, Ankara and Gebze.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck western Turkey in the early hours of Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake had a depth of 1.24 miles. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center said residents felt the quake at 4:08 a.m. local time.
It was centered approximately 9 miles northwest of Düzce, about 32 miles northeast of Adapazan in the west of the country.
Turkish residents felt the quake as far away as Istanbul, Ankara, Bolu, Gölcük and Gebze.
Omair Anas, in Ankara, said: ‘I woke up at 4:3am to massively shaking buildings and racks as if they were going to fall.
‘I never felt such a massive earthquake in my life in Ankara. Last week, the municipality had carried out a large earthquake drill [safety]. Wish everyone in Turkey safety!’
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center published a map of residents who reported feeling an earthquake. The colored dots represent the level of damage and local tremor reported by eyewitnesses.
The US Geological Survey map represents the approximate position of the quake.
A third chart shows the gradation of tremor severity felt by residents when they were near the earthquake in Turkey.
A television studio began to shake as it was broadcast live to Turkish viewers, while other residents uploaded security camera footage of their cars and doors rattling as a result of the quake.
Abdifatah Aden added: ‘I just felt an earthquake tonight here in Istanbul, Turkey. My apartment started spinning like it was about to collapse.
Another resident said it was the “strongest earthquake” Turkey has ever experienced.
Real-time network data showed a significant disruption in internet connectivity in Düzce following the earthquake, according to NetBlocks.
“In Düzce, the epicenter of the earthquake, there is a serious interruption to the Internet,” Ersin Çahmutoğlu said on Twitter.
‘In Sakarya, we are also having problems with the mobile internet connection. Power outages continue in many places in Düzce and Sakarya.’
Turkey’s Interior Minister said there have been no reports of casualties as of this writing, according to Middle East Eye.
Details about the extent of the damage were not immediately known.