Turkey quake kills at least 21, rescuers dig for survivors

Reuters |
Published: 01.25.20 , 10:02
A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey late on Friday, killing at least 21 people and collapsing buildings in towns near the centre of the tremor, which was strong enough to be felt in several neighbouring countries.
The magnitude 6.8 quake shook Elazig province, about 550 km (340 miles) east of the capital Ankara, and was followed by more than 270 aftershocks, 12 of which had magnitudes over 4.
Seventeen people were killed in Elazig and four more in the neighbouring province of Malatya, said Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Authority (AFAD), adding 1,030 others were injured and in hospitals in the region. It said rescue efforts were underway at three different sites in Elazig.