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5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is struck by 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, people came out on the roads and streets.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said the earthquake struck in the Sea of Marmara at 1:59 p.m. at 4.4 miles deep and was felt throughout the western Marmara region, which includes Istanbul.

The Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu said on Twitter that there were no reports of deaths from the earthquake.

News videos showed a damaged minaret in the city’s western Avcilar district and the emergency agency said cracks were found in some buildings. Turkish media showed children being evacuated from schools and city residents waiting outside their homes. Schools were canceled for the day.

The Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute recorded several aftershocks, with the highest at 4.4 magnitude.

People gathered in the streets after evacuating their homes, following an earthquake in Istanbul, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Turkey’s emergency authority says a 5.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken Istanbul with no immediate damage reported.

Turkey is crossed by fault lines and prone to earthquakes. Experts have warned that a major earthquake is expected to hit Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city with more than 15 million residents.

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit the city Tuesday.

In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in western Turkey killed more than 17,000 people.

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