Turkey, earthquake in Ardahan

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake shakes Turkey

The earthquake, which could be felt in several provinces of Turkey, was followed by several aftershocks and has caused damage to some houses.

A magnitud 5.3 on the Richter scale earthquake was registered today in the province of Ardahan, in eastern Turkey, as confirmed by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), causing some damage according to the first information although At the moment there are no data indicating that there are victims or injuries.

According to seismological data provided by AFAD, the epicentre of the earthquake was located in the Göle district, near the border with Georgia and Armenia, and it struck at 17:08 Turkish local time (15:08 CET) at a depth only 7 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, which notably increased the intensity with which it could be felt.

Although AFAD limited itself to pointing out that the seismic tremor reached an intensity of 5 degrees, the prestigious United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed on its website that the earthquake reached 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale. Almost 30 minutes later there was at least one aftershock of the main tremor, which on this occasion reached a magnitude of 4.3.

Houses damaged by the earthquake

The earthquake, which could also be felt strongly in other neighbouring Turkish provinces such as Kars or Erzurum, sowed panic among local residents, many of whom ran out into the streets. However, the governor of Ardahan, Hüseyin Öner, told media that the event would not have caused destruction in the provincial capital.

Öner confirmed however that there would be some damaged houses in the capital in which cracks would have appeared; damaged houses were also reported in the villages of Esenyayla and Yağmuroğlu, located south of the city of Ardahan and about 10 km from the epicentre of the earthquake. “At the moment our teams on the ground do not report any casualties,” the governor added.

For his part, İlhan Gültekin, mayor of the town of Göle (where the epicentre of the earthquake in Turkey was located), told the Turkish news network NTV that there was also no information about serious damage, although he did confirm that some buildings had been damaged. “We have not received any information about collapsed buildings so far, but some houses have damage.” It is not ruled out for now that there may be more damage to homes located in surrounding towns and rural areas.