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5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Istanbul

An earthquake shook Istanbul today in a powerful reminder of the city's vulnerability to quakes and other natural disasters.
Office workers gather after fleeing their buildings in the Maslak District of Istanbul on September 26, 2019, following an earthquake in the city. - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Turkey's largest city, driving residents to evacuate buildings, AFP journalists witnessed. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Istanbul, a megapolis of 15 million-plus inhabitants, was struck by a powerful earthquake today, sparking fear in schools and workplaces. One death as a result of a heart attack was reported after the 5.8 magnitude tremblor struck at 1:59 p.m., causing high-rises to sway and a minaret to crumble. At least 43 people were said to have been injured in the earthquake.

Cellular telephone networks were down for over two hours after the earthquake struck, sowing further panic as residents were unable to reach loved ones.

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