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Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey, at Least 4 Dead
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The Turkish authorities reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the country’s east on Friday. The Turkish authorities reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the country’s east on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least four people, Turkish officials said.
The earthquake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time, near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.The earthquake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time, near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.
The defense minister, Hulusi Akar, told reporters that there were no reports of any casualties in Sivrice but said the quake may have caused casualties in rural areas outside the town. He said troops were on standby to help is they are neededThe defense minister, Hulusi Akar, told reporters that there were no reports of any casualties in Sivrice but said the quake may have caused casualties in rural areas outside the town. He said troops were on standby to help is they are needed
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told NTV television that rescuers were trying to reach survivors after a four- or five-story building collapsed in the town of Maden, he said. About four to five buildings collapsed in Sivrice, where two people were hurt, he said.
The Kandilli seismology center in Istanbul said the quake measured 6.5.The Kandilli seismology center in Istanbul said the quake measured 6.5.
The U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 6.7, with the quake affecting not only Turkey but also Syria, Georgia and Armenia.The U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 6.7, with the quake affecting not only Turkey but also Syria, Georgia and Armenia.
Turkish media said the earthquake sent people running outdoors for safety.Turkish media said the earthquake sent people running outdoors for safety.