Residents jumped from balconies.. A 6-magnitude earthquake hits Turkey

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center announced that a 6-magnitude earthquake struck western Turkey at dawn today, Wednesday, and was felt by residents of Istanbul, Ankara and neighboring states.

The US Geological Survey located the epicenter 170 km east of Istanbul, the country’s largest city.

The Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Administration (AFAD) said that the earthquake occurred at 04:08 local time in the Gul Yaqa district of Duzce Province, at a depth of 6.81 km below the surface of the earth.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that 50 people were receiving treatment in hospitals for their injuries, as some of them jumped from balconies and windows in panic. The minister told the private NTV channel that one of the injured was in critical condition. He added that the electricity was cut off as a safety precaution.

Before that, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that 35 people had been injured in Duzce and neighboring provinces.

The earthquake shook buildings in several nearby cities. “We woke up to a loud noise and an earthquake,” Fatma Colak, who lives in Duzce, told AFP. “We ran out of our homes in a panic, and now we are waiting outside,” she added.

Initial scenes showed people wrapped in blankets standing outside their homes in the early morning, while some laid blankets on the ground and lit fires to keep warm. Authorities said that schools will be closed on Wednesday in Duzce and Sakarya provinces.

Turkey is located in a region experiencing seismic activity, which is among the highest in the world.

In January 2020, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Elazig, killing more than 40 people.

In November of the same year, a strong 7-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, killing 114 people and injuring more than a thousand others.

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