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At least 50 hurt after magnitude-6.1 quake in Turkey

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — A magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck northwest Turkey during Wednesday’s early hours, injuring at least 50 people.اضافة اعلان

The shallow tremor struck about 170km east of Istanbul, the country’s largest city, where it was strongly felt.

National authorities said the quake was at a magnitude of 5.9 — lower than the 6.1 given by the US Geological Survey — and its epicenter was in Duzce province’s Golyaka district, though it also shook other nearby cities.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who visited Golyaka, said one person was seriously hurt after jumping from a balcony out of panic.

Initial images showed people covered in blankets outside their homes during the early morning. Some were seen placing blankets on the floor outside, and lighting fires for warmth.

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