5.8 Quake Causes Panic in Istanbul, No Victims, Damage

January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 06:36
Bulgaria: 5.8 Quake Causes Panic in Istanbul, No Victims, Damage

The 5.8 Richter degree earthquake in the Aegean Sea Tuesday afternoon was strongly felt in Turkey's north-west, but has caused no reported casualties and damages.

The earthquake was also felt in nearby Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, which rated the quake at 5.8 degrees on the Richter scale, it occured at a depth of 11 km, 193 km north-west of the city of Izmir.

Local media sources report that the tremor has caused some panic among the residents of Turkish megapolis Istanbul.

Over 15 aftershocks have been registered by the EMSC, all of them of lower magnitudes.


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