A powerful Earthquake Hits Turkey

130520140734199632938A powerful earthquake centered to the north of the Turkish Aegean island of Gökçeada shook areas around western Turkey at 12:25 p.m on May 24, causing damage and minor injuries.

The Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced that 266 people were injured due to the panic caused by the earthquake, including one person in critical condition who jumped from a balcony in Balıkesir’s Edremit district.

The temblor measured 6.5, according to Istanbul’s Kandilli Observatory, Turkey’s main seismic monitoring institute, while a magnitude 5.3 aftershock shook the area six minutes after the earthquake.

People rushed to the streets from their homes in western Turkish provinces, including Istanbul, İzmir, Denizli and Antalya.