A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck an area of western Turkey near the town of Duzce, about 210km (130 miles) east of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.
The tremors were strong enough to be felt in Istanbul and the capital Ankara. At least 50 people were injured, officials say. Estimates of the quake’s depth vary from 2km to 10km.
This is the fifth massive quake within the last 48 hours. A big one is about to happen. Be ready!
There are reports of power being disrupted in the region, as well as some residents jumping from balconies.
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Another 4.7 quake was reported some 20 minutes after the first.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said there had been no information about loss of life.
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But later Turkey’s disaster agency said 40+ had been injured in Duzce, one in Istanbul, six in Zonguldak and one in Sakarya on the Black Sea coast, and one in Bolu, to the southeast.
Photos from Duzce at night show many people huddled outdoors, wrapped in blankets and using makeshift fires to keep warm.
Security camera footage of the earthquake has been posted on social media.
Footage of the moment 5,9 magnitude #quake hit Düzce in northern Turkey. Tremors also felt across Istanbul and Ankara. 18 aftershocks recorded. No casualties or major damage reported so far. In Nov 99 in a 7,2 quake that hit Düzce over 800 ppl were killed pic.twitter.com/PUkZxGjl9N
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The quake shook many tiles and panels off Duzce’s courthouse – a photo shows the debris at the bottom of the building.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the threat of major earthquakes is ever-increasing.
10 days ago, Turkey held its first nationwide earthquake drill. Officials conducted the exercise on the 23rd anniversary of a devastating quake that killed 710 people in northwestern Turkey.
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Duzce was hit by a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 1999 which left at least 845 people dead.
It followed an even larger quake months earlier in the city of Izmit, 100km to the west, which killed more than 17,000 and left buildings in the region in a weakened state.
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Some 80% of Duzce’s buildings have been rebuilt since the 1999 earthquakes, the city’s mayor told local media.
This is the fifth massive quake within the last 48 hours. A big one is about to happen. Be ready! [USGS, BBC]