At least 6 dead as magnitude 6.8 quake rocks eastern Turkey

Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 11:43 AM AKST
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Turkish officials say at least six people have been killed in an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 that shook the country's east, injuring dozens and leaving several trapped.

The earthquake struck near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday.

Officials said three of the victims were killed in Elazig province and three others in nearby Malatya province. Other estimates of the quake's power were of 6.5 and 6.7, affecting also Syria, Georgia, and Armenia. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to assist if needed.

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