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266 injured in 6.5-magnitude quake in western Turkey

English.news.cn   2014-05-24 23:04:53

ANKARA, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A total of 266 people were injured due to panic in a powerful earthquake centered in north Aegean Gokceada island of Turkey on Saturday, Turkish emergency agency said.

As a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, one person, who jumped down from a balcony in Balikesir's Edremit district, is in critical condition, the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said in a written statement.

Some 20 aftershocks, with most powerful at 5.5-magnitude, were recorded after the earthquake, according to the agency.

The quake was felt in a large area in western and northwestern Turkey, including Marmara region and Istanbul, the largest city of the country. People rushed to the streets from their homes, Dogan News Agency reported.

The earthquake took approximately 22 seconds, the agency quoted Ahmet Cinar, governor of Canakkele province near Gokceada, as saying.

There were no casualties or damage in his province, thanks to lunch time and good weather, people were outside, he added. "No loss of life and property in Istanbul. Life continues as normal," Anadolu Agency quoted Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu as saying. Western Thrace, Greece and several Bulgarian cities have also felt the shocks, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey is no stranger to seismic events. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Izmit, Turkey killed more than 17,000 people in 1999. Another quake measuring 7.2 on Richter scale in Duzce the same year killed 894 people.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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