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5.9 magnitude earthquake sparks panic in northwestern Turkey


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An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 on the Richter scale has shaken the province turkish of Düzce, in the northwest of the country, and unleashed the panic of the population, so far no fatalities or collapsed buildings have been reported, according to the authorities.

The quake, which was felt in Ankara and Istanbul, struck at 4:08 a.m. local time (1:08 GMT) and woke up citizens in several provinces, AFAD, the public emergency and catastrophe service, reported.

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So far there is no “no information on loss of life, our teams continue to explore the area”Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu declared.

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Also Cevdet Atay, the governor of duzceconfirmed that there was no information about deceased people.

According to CNNTurk television, several injured were arriving at the Düzce State Hospital on their own. They were apparently injured while fleeing or jumping from their homes.

“We are very sorry. Right now, people are out of their homes.”declared Faruk Özlü, mayor of the city of duzcecapital of the homonymous province.

“There is no electricity. No news of injuries, destruction or death has reached us so far.”he added.

The mayor recalled the strong earthquake that in November 1999 shook the same city – duzcelocated on the Black Sea coast, between Ankara and Istanbul), causing 710 deaths and almost 2,700 injuries.

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”We are a city in a seismic zone. Almost 30 years have passed since the earthquake in duzce. Our residences are 80 percent new. We will be out with all our teams.” Indian.

“Most of the people are outside and we suffer from the aftershocks of the earthquake,” commented.

The United States Geological Survey (USGSin English) also reported the earthquake on the Turkish Black Sea coast, which it measured with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter open scale, hypocenter 10 kilometers deep and epicenter 16 kilometers from Düzce.

Source: Elcomercio

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