Turkey. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes the northwest of the country

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Turkey at dawn on Wednesday, the US Institute for Geological Surveys (USGS) said, injuring 35 people according to Turkish authorities.

The tremor, located at a depth of about ten kilometers, occurred at 4:08 a.m. (2:08 a.m. French time) about 170 km east of Istanbul, the largest city in the country, the USGS said.

35 injured, including one “in critical condition”

Turkish authorities announced the magnitude of the earthquake as being 5.9, with an epicenter located in Gölyaka, in the province of Düzce, in the north-west of the country.

“We have 35 wounded, including one in critical condition,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The person hospitalized in critical condition was injured after jumping from his balcony in a panic, authorities said.

70 aftershocks were recorded

“We were awakened by a loud noise and a jolt. We went outside in a panic,” Fatma Colak, a resident of Düzce, told AFP. According to the Turkish Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu, the earthquake would not have caused significant damage in the affected localities, nor any casualties. “70 aftershocks were recorded, including six of magnitude 4,” he said.

Fear of further tremors prompted many residents of Düzce to still stay outside two hours after the quake, Turkish media reported.

The USGS uses a “fixed depth” of 10 km when the initial earthquake data is “too weak to calculate”.

Turkey is located in one of the most active seismic zones in the world. In January 2000, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Elazig (east), killing more than 40 people. In November of the same year, a magnitude 7 earthquake in the Aegean Sea left 114 dead and more than 1,000 injured in Turkey.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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