A 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck northwestern Turkey. Tremors were felt in Istanbul early Wednesday local time and at least 50 people were injured, the country’s official disaster agency and state media said. Some buildings were also reported damaged in Dujse province.

According to the Reuters report, the Goliakat district of Dujs, about 200 kilometers east of Istanbul, was the epicenter of the earthquake. However, no casualties or major damage were reported.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said in a televised address, ‘We have almost completed our checks in the villages around Goliaka. No serious damage was reported there. Only a few barns were destroyed in these places. Power was out during the earthquake but authorities are now restoring power.’

The state-owned Anadolu news agency said the Dujs court house was among about eight buildings in the affected area.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said it had sent thousands of blankets and tents to the quake-hit area. As a result of the earthquake, 37 people were injured. People were also injured in Zonguldak, Bursa and Istanbul.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) earlier said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6 and was at a depth of 2 km.

Turkey is quite an earthquake prone area. In 1999, 18,000 people lost their lives in two powerful earthquakes in northwestern Turkey. In 2020, an earthquake in the country’s western city of Izmir killed more than 100 people.

(23 November)