Strong earthquake in the region

Strong earthquake in the region

An earthquake shook the northern province of Düzce this Wednesday around 15:40 local time.

Initial reports say it was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, and tremors were felt about 215 kilometers (133 miles) east of Istanbul, Turkey's most populous city.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced on its official Twitter account that the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.0.

The quake's epicenter was in the center of the province, while Istanbul-based Boandaziçi University's Kandilli Observatory and the Earthquake Research Institute said it was in the village of Yayakba??. A second 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded by AFAD about 17 minutes after the first.

AFAD said the quake occurred at a depth of 18 kilometers.

Thankfully, no casualties or damage have been reported so far in Düzce or other nearby provinces.