Izmir is hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake

Izmir is hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake
Izmir quake - Credit AFAD

Izmir in western Turkiye has been hit a by a 4.9 magnitude earthquake.

The third largest city in Turkiye was hit on the morning of Friday, November 4 according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

According to AFAD, the earthquake rattled surrounding areas and provinces, but damage was limited to the city itself.

A statement issued by the Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said: “According to our current information, there was no loss of life in the earthquake of 4.9 magnitude that caused a great panic in İzmir.

A total of 64 people were affected due to panic… Treatment of seven people continues, while one of whom is in serious condition.”

Local authorities say that at least 20 buildings were damaged in the quake as well as a mosque minaret, after the quake struck some 14.4 kilometres below the earth’s surface.

The quake was followed by up to 80 aftershocks the worst of which reached a magnitude of 2.7.

Izmir are no strangers to earthquakes with the city being hit by a powerful 6.6 magnitude quake in October killing at least 115 and leaving many others injured and homeless.

The latest earthquake to hit Izmir, a 4.9 magnitude quake, resulted in damage to property only with residents escaping injuries.

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