A building collapsed in Golcuk, trapping several people, officials said
September 13, 1999
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IZMIT, Turkey (CNN) -- A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Turkey on Monday, collapsing a building and injuring an undetermined number of people, Turkish officials said.
The quake struck at about 3 p.m. (1200 GMT), and was felt in Istanbul, where phone lines were reported dead. In Golcuk, a building collapsed, trapping several people, local authorities said.
There were no immediate reports of deaths. Panicked residents fled homes and businesses, running into the streets.
It was the strongest quake since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey August 17, killing more than 14,000 people. Like the August 17 quake, Monday's tremor was reportedly centered near Izmit, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Istanbul.
Officials were uncertain if the quake was an aftershock from the previous quake or a new one altogether.
Several unoccupied buildings, which had been condemned after the initial quake, collapsed in Izmit and Istanbul.
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DISASTER RELIEF SITES:
Turkish Republic Earthquake Relief Fund
Mercy International USA
Disaster Relief from DisasterRelief.org
American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. Turkey Earthquake Relief
Survivor message site (in Turkish)
Turkish Daily News Online
USGS National Earthquake Information Center
Global Earthquake Response Center
Newton's Apple: Earthquake Info
Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute
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