A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Turkey, many injured during the panic

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake at a depth of 2 kilometERs hit at 4:08 am the town of Golkaya in northwest Turkey in Düzce province, 200 kilometers east of Istanbul, early on Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and injuring at least 68 people. A 28-year-old Afghan was in serious condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The country’s Interior Minister said there were no immediate reports of deaths. People were sleeping and many rushed out of buildings in panic. Many jumped from balconies or windows. Most of the injuries were sustained during the panic after the quake.There was a power cut during the quake and later power was cut in the region as a safety measure.

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Dozens of aftershocks, up to one hundred, were reported. Düzce Governor Cevdet Atay said schools in the region were being closed as a precaution. Many people were camping outdoors. The quake was felt in Istanbul, in the capital Ankara and other parts of the region. „Fortunately, we did not experience any serious destruction or loss,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an address to his ruling party’s legislators. Turkey is in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones. A magnitude-6.8 quake hit Elazig in January 2020, killing more than 40 people.