No injuries, minor damage after earthquake in central Turkey


A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sarıoğlan, a small town in Turkey’s central province of Kayseri, early Tuesday. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 23.7 kilometers (14.7 miles), the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced at 2:28 a.m. local time (2328 GMT).

Authorities announced that some buildings were suffering from cracks while the walls of some stables in rural areas of Sarıoğlan were collapsing. No casualties were reported but two people were hospitalized after suffering panic attacks. Kayseri Governor Şehmus Günaydın tweeted that teams had been deployed to Sarıoğlan and other areas near the quake’s epicenter to examine the damage.

Resident Ayhan Oran told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he jumped out of bed when he felt the tremors. “The clock on the wall fell on the floor and I saw cracks on the walls. I was so scared. I am still shaking,” said Oran, who lives in a rural area. He reported that the barn next to his house had been slightly damaged, but that all his cattle were fine.

Media reported that 21 aftershocks occurred after the quake within three hours.

Kayseri is one of the Turkish provinces with medium seismic risk in a country crisscrossed by active faults. The city of Sarıoğlan suffered another earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6, the highest in recent memory for the city last year. Kayseri in general has not suffered a major earthquake since 1940, when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake with its epicenter in Develi district killed 35 people.

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