Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits Ankara

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits Ankara
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Mag. 4.3 earthquake - 6.7 km northeast of Elmadağ, Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday, 10 Jan 10:53 pm (GMT +3), APA reports.

A shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported late at night near Elmadağ, Ankara, Turkey.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Sunday 10 January 2021 at 10:53 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Our monitoring service identified a second report from the Kandilli Oservatory and Earthquake Research Institute in Istanbul (KOERI-RETMC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.7. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.5.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.

In Elmadağ (pop. 25,400) located 7 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Kalecik (pop. 12,900) located 18 km from the epicenter, Kırıkkale (pop. 211,100) 22 km away, Akyurt (pop. 11,300) 26 km away, Çankaya (pop. 792,200) 37 km away, Ankara (pop. 3,517,200) 37 km away, Çubuk (pop. 62,600) 38 km away, Keskin (pop. 49,700) 42 km away, and Batikent (pop. 300,000) 48 km away.

Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kazan (pop. 23,900) located 60 km from the epicenter.

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