4.8-magnitude earthquake hits Bolu province
Bolu province is located half-way between İstanbul and Ankara.A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Western Black Sea province of Bolu on Nov. 24, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University has said. The incident did not cause any casualties, Bolu Gov. İbrahim Özçimen told Anadolu Agency. “There have been no deaths or injuries according to initial assessments [of the affected area] by our teams,” Özçimen said. No material damage was reported in the initial reports.
The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded near the Ulumescit village, located a few kilometers from the Istanbul-Ankara highway. Tremors have been felt in both cities, Doğan news agency reported.
The earthquake, which took place at 10:49 p.m., caused some panic in Bolu and neighboring Düzce province, sending locals to the streets. Both provinces were affected in the first instance from the Düzce earthquake that occurred on Nov. 12 1999. The deadly İzmit earthquake a few months before had also caused major damage in both provinces.