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Moderate Quake Shakes N.W. Turkey

September 29, 1999

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 hit northwestern Turkey this morning, and one woman died apparently after jumping out her window in a panic, the Anatolia news agency reported.

There were no reports of damage.

The Istanbul Observatory said the quake was centered in the town of Yalova, close to the epicenter of the powerful Aug. 17 earthquake which killed close to 16,000 people trapped in the rubble of their collapsed homes.

The temblor was felt in several neighboring towns and cities, including Istanbul, where a woman threw herself out of her second-story balcony soon after the pre-dawn jolt.

Yalova is about 25 miles south of Istanbul, across the Sea of Marmara.

Thousands of aftershocks that have followed last month’s quake have kept Turks fearing another major temblor in the region. A magnitude-4.0 quake can cause moderate damage in populated areas.

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