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 quake was centred in the Golyaka district and struck at 4.08 AM, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.

The powerful quake, which occurred at a depth of 6.81 km, was also felt in Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Duzce is about 210 km from Istanbul and 236 km from Ankara.

The AFAD said a total of 18 aftershocks followed the quake. 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.

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