Turkey: Strong earthquake shakes Istanbul

Baku, September 26, AZERTAC

A powerful earthquake struck the Turkish metropolis Istanbul on Thursday, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Anadolu Agency reports.

AFAD said a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in the Sea of Marmara hit at 1.59 p.m. (1059GMT).

"Eight people were slightly injured in the earthquake," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport returning from his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York.

"According to AFAD, the magnitude of the earthquake is 5.8 and 28 aftershocks are recorded so far," Erdogan said.

The earthquake, off Silivri district, occurred at a depth of 6.99 kilometers (4.3 miles), some 22 km (13.6 mi) from Silivri.

The region was also shaken by aftershocks.

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