Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes northwestern Türkiye

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Quake was centered in Duzce province, the country’s disaster management agency says, with tremors felt in Istanbul, Ankara and other regions.

At least 35 people were injured in Wednesday’s quake, officials say.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck Türkiye’s northwestern Duzce province, with tremors felt in Istanbul city, capital Ankara and other regions, officials said.The earthquake, which struck at 4:08 am [local time] on Wednesday, was centered about 14 kilometres northwest of Duzce, in the Golyaka district, Türkiye’s disaster management agency, AFAD said.It said 35 people were injured, one of them critically, and reported 70 aftershocks in the region. The quake woke people from their sleep and many rushed out of buildings in panic in the province that has experienced earthquakes in the past. Power in the region was cut.AFAD said electricity in Duzce province was snapped as a precautionary measure.Turkish Red Crescent and AFAD dispatched their teams to help locals by providing blankets and warm food.”Our teams are supplying blankets, food and water. Additional blood supplies were sent to hospitals that may be needed in the region,” Turkish Red Crescent president Kerem Kinik said.READ MORE:
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No casualties reportedThere were no reports of loss of life at the moment, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. “We almost completed our checks in the villages around Golyaka. There is no severe damage reported; only some barns were wrecked in these places … There was a power cut during the quake but authorities are reinstating power now,” Soylu said on broadcaster TRT Haber.”Field scanning continues,” AFAD president Yunus Sezer said.Duzce Governor Cevdet Atay announced that schools will be closed on Wednesday. Sakarya and Bolu provinces also made similar announcements. The quake struck 10 days after the country held nationwide earthquake drills to mark the 23rd anniversary of the tragic 1999 earthquake in the same province which killed 710 people.A magnitude-6.8 quake hit Elazig in January 2020, killing more than 40 people.Türkiye sits on top of major fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.
Videos show the impact of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that has struck Türkiye’s northwestern Duzce province.Tremors were felt in neighbouring cities, including Istanbul and Ankara— TRT World (@trtworld) November 23, 2022

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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