triggered the earthquake Hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, today, WednesdayThe fears of the residents of the city, which is the second largest city in the country, as its magnitude reached 6 degrees on the Richter scale and was felt by the residents of Istanbul, Ankara and their neighboring states, where surveillance cameras monitored the first moments of the earthquake that determined the American Geological Survey. Its center is 170 kilometers east of Istanbul.
Video clips recorded by surveillance cameras showed the destruction of commercial offices in the city of Istanbul, at dawn today, Wednesday, in addition to food stores and other shops as a result of the earthquake that struck the city at 4:08 am, according to the country’s local time.
As other videos documented, employees in a commercial office hid under their tables for fear of the earthquake, which saved them from a possible fall of false ceilings on them.
Other video clips also documented the shattering of glass materials completely when the earthquake occurred, which was not limited to the city of Istanbul alone, as it also occurred in the suburbs of Ankara and the city of Duzce, which is the epicenter of the earthquake that was felt by the residents of the Turkish capital and Istanbul.
There were no reports of deaths due to the earthquake, but a source in the Greater Istanbul Municipality headed by Ekrem Imamoglu, who hails from the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition party in the country, revealed to Al-Arabiya.net that dozens of people were injured as a result of the earthquake, in addition to For “minor” material damage, as he put it.
Some old buildings were partially damaged in Istanbul, Duce and the outskirts of Ankara, but the earthquake did not cause a complete collapse of the buildings.
According to the Turkish Ministry of the Interior that the Duzce city court building is one of the eight buildings damaged as a result of the earthquake that hit the city.
The earthquake had caused power outages in a number of areas of Istanbul, Duzce and the outskirts of Ankara, but the electricity company began carrying out maintenance operations hours ago, as the electricity supply returned to some areas after a short interruption, according to what local residents told Al Arabiya.net.
The Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Agency, AFAD, stated that the earthquake occurred at 04:08 local time in the Gul Yaqa district of Duzce Province, at a depth of 6.81 kilometers below the surface of the earth.
Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu later said that 50 people were receiving treatment in hospitals for their injuries, as some of them jumped from balconies and windows in panic.
The minister told the private NTV channel that one of the injured was in critical condition. He added that the electricity was cut off as a safety precaution.
Initial scenes showed people wrapped in blankets standing outside their homes in the early morning, while some laid blankets on the ground and lit fires to keep warm. The authorities said that schools will be closed on Wednesday in Duzce and Sakarya provinces.
Turkey is located in a region experiencing seismic activity, which is among the highest in the world.
In January 2020, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Elazig, killing more than 40 people.
In November of the same year, a strong 7-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, killing 114 people and injuring more than a thousand others.