Magnitude 4.4: Light earthquake rattles Western Turkey

An earthquake shook parts of Western Turkey on the morning of November 11 2017. Initially, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said that the magnitude was five on the Richter scale. But minutes later, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute in Istanbul said that it was 4.4 magnitude on the Richter Scale.

Whether this moderate earthquake caused injuries or damage is not known at this point. It happened at 11.56am local time, which is 9.56am CET.

The epicentre was 57km north-east of İzmir, a major city with a population of 2.5 million, and 28 km north of the town of Manisa.

Residents within a radius of 25km around the epicentre said that the tremor had been “quite strong”. But Turks who live 70 to 100km away also felt the earthquake.

Just a few hours before, an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 was registered a few hundred kilometres further north-west, close to the Bulgaria capital Sofia.




The Sofia Globe staff

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