34 injured, 473 buildings damaged in Istanbul earthquake

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-27 20:56:02|Editor: xuxin
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ISTANBUL, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A total of 34 people were wounded and 473 buildings damaged in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Istanbul a day earlier, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Friday.

Speaking at a meeting of the Turkey National Disaster Response Plan in Istanbul, Oktay said 10 of the injured remain in hospitals across the city while the others had been discharged.

He said 473 buildings in different parts of the city were damaged with cracks on the walls.

A total of 14 schools in nine districts of Istanbul are closed for the day due to cracks on the building walls, the Istanbul governor's office announced in a written statement.

Many residents, mostly in the districts much affected by the tremor, spent the night in parks across the city as the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority advised no entrance into damaged buildings.

A total of 200 aftershocks have been reported so far, with the strongest measuring 4.1 in magnitude, after the 5.8-magnitude quake took place on Thursday afternoon off the Silivri district in the Marmara Sea.