Turkey, earthquake in İzmir

A year later, another earthquake shakes again the Turkish city of İzmir

A 5.1 earthquake struck İzmir today, just one month after the first anniversary of the earthquake that left 112 dead in the Turkish city.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 shook on Tuesday the Turkish city of İzmir, on the west coast of Turkey, just one month after the first anniversary of the 6.6 earthquake that devastated the city on October 30, 2020, killing more than a hundred people and damaging hundreds of buildings.

As reported by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), the earthquake was detected at 7:00 a.m. local time (5:00 CET) with an epicentre located 56.18 kilometres off the coast of the Urla district, and only 3.97 kilometres deep below the earth’s surface. Shortly after, seismographs detected an aftershock that reached 4.3 degrees of intensity and occurred at a depth of 7.16 kilometres.

“After the earthquake in Urla, no casualties or damage have been reported for now. The inspection teams on the ground continue to work”, reported AFAD through its official Twitter account. For his part, the governor of İzmir, Yavuz Selim Köşger, also confirmed in a statement that he had no news at the moment that the earthquake had caused significant material or personal damage.

The Turkish city of İzmir, the third largest in Turkey, was the scene on October 30 last year of a serious earthquake that particularly hit the Bayraklı district, located to the north of the city and about 40 kilometres from Urla, killing 117 people and tearing down dozens of buildings. A year earlier, another earthquake in Istanbul that reached 5.8 on the Richter scale had left 34 injured and hundreds of buildings damaged.