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Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes eastern Turkey, four dead

Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes eastern Turkey, four dead
The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), according to EMSC.

At least four people have died and several buildings have collapsed after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck eastern Turkey on Friday, news agency AFP reported.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu talking to reporters said that four people had died.

“We are hoping we will not have more casualties,” Soylu was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

“Sivrice was shaken very seriously, we have directed our rescue teams to the region,” he told reporters, adding that there were reports of some collapsed buildings in the region.

According to the government’s disaster and emergency management agency, the quake shook the Sivrice district in the eastern province of Elazig at around 8.55 pm.

“It was very scary, furniture fell on top of us. We rushed outside,” a resident of Elazig was quoted as saying by AFP.

The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

(With inputs from AFP)