Approximately 210 kilometers (130 miles) to the east of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake has rocked a region in western Turkey close to the town of Duzce.
Strong enough for Istanbul and the capital Ankara to experience the earthquakes. According to Turkey’s disaster department, at least 35 individuals were hurt.
The depth of the earthquake is estimated to range from 2 km to 10 km.
There have been tales of power outages in the area and some locals plunging from balconies.
After the initial quake, a second 4.7 quake was registered.
Suleyman Soylu, the interior minister of Turkey, stated that there had been no reports of fatalities.
Anxious locals had to spend a chilly night outside.
Many people may be seen huddling outside at night in Duzce, covered in blankets and building impromptu fires to stay warm.
Social media sites have uploaded footage from security cameras that captured the earthquake.
The courthouse in Duzce was shaken to pieces by the earthquake, as seen by the rubble at the ground level of the structure.
In 1999, Duzce was struck by a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 845 people.
It came after a far more powerful earthquake a few months earlier in the nearby city of Izmit, 100 km to the west, which claimed more than 17,000 lives and severely damaged the region’s buildings.
Since the quakes in 1999, 80% of Duzce’s structures have been rebuilt, the city’s mayor informed local media.