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5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey leaving 22 injured

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Ankara: A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck western Turkey near the town of Duzce on Wednesday, injuring at least 22 people, authorities said.

According to the national Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the temblor was centred in Golyaka district and it struck at 4.08 am, reports state-run Anadolu News Agency.

Another 4.7 quake was reported some 20 minutes after the first. The powerful quake, which occurred at a depth of 6.81 km, was also felt in Istanbul as well as in capital Ankara.

Duzce is located about 210 km from Istanbul and some 236 km from Ankara.

The AFAD said the quake was followed by a total of 18 aftershocks, while power cuts are being imposed in the region as a precautionary measure.

On Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that one injured person was critical "due to jumping from a height" and that the National Medical Rescue Teams and ambulances have been dispatched to the affected area.

Duzce Governor Cevdet Atay has announced the closure of schools for the day.

In 1999, Duzce was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which lasted 30 seconds, killing 845 people and injuring nearly 5,000 others.

Some 80% of Duzce's buildings have been rebuilt since the 1999 earthquakes, the city's mayor told local media.

Turkey is in one of the world's most active earthquake zones.

-IANS Inputs

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