A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northwestern Turkey in the early hours of Wednesday and injured at least 35 people, according to local health authorities.
The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 10 km. and about 170 km east of istanbulthe largest city in the country, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
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The Turkish authorities indicated that the earthquake was of magnitude 5.9, less than the announcement of 6.1 magnitude given by the USGSand its epicenter was located in the district of Golyakain the province of duzcealthough the shake was noticed in nearby cities such as istanbul.
“We woke up with a big noise and shaking”, Duzce resident Fatma Colak told AFP.
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“We left the house in a panic and now we wait outside”he added.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that 35 people were injured: 32 in Duzce, one in Istanbul and the other two in the nearby provinces of Bolu and Zonguldak.
His Interior counterpart, Suleyman Soylu, visited the area and said one person was seriously injured after jumping from the balcony in a moment of panic. According to this minister, the quake triggered 70 aftershocks.
Initial images showed people covered in blankets outdoors in the early morning. Some laid blankets on the ground and built fires to warm the children.
The authorities indicated that schools would be closed on Wednesday in the provinces of Duzce and Sakarya.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in televised remarks that apart from some vandalized stables, there were no reports of serious damage or collapsed buildings.
The national disaster agency, AFAD, explained that there were controlled power cuts in the region of duzce and asked residents not to panic.
Turkey is located in one of the most seismically active areas in the world.
duzce It was one of the regions affected by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake in 1999 that was one of the worst in the country.
The quake killed more than 17,000 people, a thousand of them in Istanbul.
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