Turkey, earthquake in Düzce

1 dead, 68 injured after the earthquake last night in Turkey

The magnitude 6 earthquake could be felt in Istanbul and Ankara, and was followed by more than 100 aftershocks of up to 4.3 magnitude.

The strong earthquake that shook the province of Düzce, northwestern Turkey, last night, and which could also be felt in Istanbul and Ankara, has caused the death of one person and injured 68 others, according to the latest data released by the authorities of the country. Some television channels were broadcasting live from Istanbul when the earthquake surprised the host.

According to the most recent information published by Turkish press, the magnitude 6 earthquake would have left 68 injured, most of them after jumping from windows when the earthquake struck, since most of the region’s residents were sleeping. A 47-year-old person who fell down the stairs and hit his head precisely when he was trying to run out of his house, would also have died in the last few hours.

Most of the injuries occurred in Düzçe (37 in total), also registering numerous injuries in neighboring provinces such as Istanbul, Zonguldak, Sakarya or Bolu; in the latter, the death of a person who suffered a heart attack after the earthquake was also reported. The Turkish Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, informed journalists from Ankara that at this moment 26 people are still admitted to hospital, although none of them are seriously injured.

The Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) indicated that the earthquake struck at 4:08 local time (1:08 CET) at a depth of only 6.8 kilometers and with its epicenter in the Gölyaka district, west of Düzce. The quake lasted for 40 seconds and reached an intensity of 6 degrees, according to the most recent measurement by the Kandilli Seismological Observatory in Istanbul, although the United States Geological Survey (USGS) placed its magnitude at 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Another earthquake in 1999 in Düzce killed 710 people

AFAD also reported that after the main earthquake, at least 116 aftershocks were registered, some of up to magnitude 4.3. Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who visited Düzce province, explained that some 8,000 residential buildings are being inspected and that cracks and some collapses have been detected. Soylu also confirmed that “controlled power outages” are taking place in the power supply while electricity is being restored in some areas of the province.

Most of the region’s residents spent the night on streets. Many still have fresh in their memory the earthquake that on November 12, 1999 shook Düzce with a magnitude of 7.1, killing 710 people and injuring another 2,679; indeed, this earthquake occurred a few months after the 7.6 Great Marmara Earthquake, which on August 17, 1999 devastated the entire northwest of Turkey, killing more than 18,000 people.