22 Killed and 1000 Injured after Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Turkey
At least 22 people have been killed and 1030 injured after a shallow M6.8 earthquake hit near the town of Sivrice in eastern Turkey’s Elazig province at 17:55 UTC (20:55 local time) on January 24, 2020.
According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) report issued early January 25 (LT), 18 people died in Elazig and 4 in neighboring Malatya province.
AFAD said preliminary reports say the quake lasted 40 seconds. At least 228 aftershocks have been felt in the region, with the strongest registered at M5.4.
Numerous buildings and houses collapsed, authorities said, adding that 39 people were rescued from the rubble by early morning hours. Dozens of people are still under the rubble.
“We have approximately 30 residents under the wreckage in Elazig,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Koca said search and rescue operations are still in progress and the death toll could rise. Overnight temperatures in the region dipped to -8 °C (17.6 °F). Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum urged residents not to go into damaged buildings. The province was hit by a M6.0 earthquake in 2010, claiming the lives of 51 people.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 5.1 km (3.1 miles) ENE of Doganyol (population 6 332), 35.3 km (29.1 miles) SE of Baskil (population 15 922), 38.3 km (23.7 miles) NW of Cemik (population 20 975), 40.1 km (24.8 miles) SSW of Elazig (population 298 004) and 59 km (36.6 miles) W of Eregani (population 52 684), Turkey.
There are 2 580 000 people living within 100 km (6.2 miles). 18,000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 481 000 strong and 1 755 000 moderate, according to the USGS.
Elazığ’daki depremin enkazı havadan görüntülendi#Elazığ‘ın #Sivrice ilçesinde meydana gelen 6,8 büyüklüğündeki #deprem meydana geldi. Depremde yıkılan binalar havadan görüntülendi pic.twitter.com/b5LdmgWZqh
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