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Dozens injured as 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocks northwestern Turkey

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwest Turkey early on Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic and injuring at least 50 people, mostly while they tried to flee their homes.The earthquake was centred in the town of Gölyaka, in Düzce province, some 200 kilometres east of Istanbul, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.It struck at 4:08 am (2:08 CET) and was felt in Istanbul, in the capital Ankara and other parts of the region.

Dozens of aftershocks were reported, including one magnitude of 4.3.The quake woke people from their sleep, and many rushed out of buildings in panic in the province that has experienced earthquakes in the past.At least 50 people were treated in hospitals for injuries, mostly sustained during the panic, including from jumping from balconies or windows.

One of them was in serious condition, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told private NTV television."We almost completed our checks in the villages around Gölyaka.

There is no severe damage reported; only some barns were wrecked in these places," Soylu said on the state-run broadcaster TRT Haber."There was a power cut during the quake but authorities are reinstating power now," he said.Power was cut in the region as a safety measure, the minister said.The quake demolished the exterior cladding and parts of the roof of a courthouse in Düzce, HaberTurk television reported.

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