Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Turkey's western Balıkesir

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Turkey
# 11 December 2019 09:13 (UTC +04:00)

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 rocked the western Turkish province of Balıkesir late Tuesday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the quake struck Balıkesir's Akçaköy district at 11:14 p.m. (0814 GMT) from a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles). The magnitude of the earthquake was initially reported as 4.6, but the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute later revised the measure to 5.0.

Soon after the initial quake, the province was shaken further by a series of nine aftershocks ranging from between a magnitude 4.5 to 1.9.

Speaking to reporters, Balıkesir Governor Ersin Yazıcı said no injuries or damages had so far been reported. "Our emergency response teams are present in Akçaköy, the epicenter of the earthquake. They have reported no signs of damage," he said.

According to initial reports, the quake was felt across several of Turkey's western provinces, including İzmir, Çanakkale and Bursa.