Early on Wednesday, a town in northwest Turkey was struck by an earthquake of 5.9, which resulted in widespread panic and minor structural damage. At least 68 people were hurt while attempting to flee their homes.
According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, the earthquake’s epicenter occurred near the town of Golkaya in the Duzce province, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Istanbul.
At 4:08 a.m., it happened. (0108 GMT) and was felt in other sections of the region, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Numerous aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 4.3, were recorded.
In the province where a terrible earthquake occurred 23 years ago, the tremor roused many from their sleep and caused a panicked exodus of many from structures.
In Duzce and the surrounding areas, at least 68 persons received medical attention for injuries they sustained—most frequently by jumping from balconies or windows—during the panic.
According to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, a 28-year-old Afghan was in critical condition after experiencing a brain hemorrhage.
As a precaution, all local schools were shut down.
“Although the earthquake caused damage to many buildings in Golkaya, fortunately, we did not experience any serious destruction or loss,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
A courthouse in Duzce had its outer cladding and a portion of its roof destroyed by the earthquake, according to HaberTurk television.
On a constrained street, a two-story shop collapsed, among other things, it claimed.
According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, a mosque in Saridere, close to the epicenter, also suffered damage and was shut down.
According to the private DHA agency, individuals in Saridere assembled in the streets and built fires to stay warm while others slept in their cars. The Turkish Red Crescent supplied soup and blankets.