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The benchmark BIST-100 index opened down 0.52% and slid rapidly to be 5% lower, issuing the market-wide circuit breaker at 0712 GMT. Pre-market trading started at 0655 GMT.
The banking sub-index was down 4.67% when trading was suspended on the market.
The death toll of Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey rose to 6,234 by Wednesday morning, the Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) said.