5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Turkey's Izmir, no casualties

2021-11-30 11:05:33 GMT2021-11-30 19:05:33(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISTANBUL, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- A 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Turkey's western province of Izmir on Tuesday, with no casualties reported.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced on its website that the earthquake occurred off Izmir's Urla district in the Aegean Sea at 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).

"After the earthquake occurring off Urla, no casualties or damage have been reported so far," AFAD said on Twitter, adding that "the field scanning work" is currently continuing in the region.

"The quake accompanied with a heavy rainfall and strong wind caused panic," Yasemin Boncuk, a 43-year-old Izmir resident, told Xinhua over the phone. "I jumped out of the bed in fear," he said.

Nine minutes after the first tremor, a 4.3-magnitude large aftershock occurred, according to AFAD.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea off Izmir in October last year, killing 117 people and wounding over 1,000 others. Enditem