Magnitude 6 quake shakes northwest Turkey

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 shook northwest Turkey last night; the epicentre of the quake was 50 miles  (80 km) west-southwest of the town of Kütahya. The tremor also shook buildings further north in Turkey’s largest city İstanbul.

It is reported that one person in Simav was hospitalized after a heart attack due to the quake but he could not be  saved. Another woman (75) also had a heart attack during the earthquake in Bursa’s İnegöl district.

Later reports said one man jumped out of a window in a panic during the temblor whiles others report that more than 50  people were injured.

Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey; in 1999 two large quakes killed more than 20,000 people in northwest Turkey.

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