6.7 magnitude Earthquake hits Turkey

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 hit eastern Turkey on Friday, leaving at least four people dead and causing buildings to collapse. 

The quake’s epicentre was in Elazig province, about 340 miles east of the capital, Ankara, where it struck at around 8.55 pm (1755 GMT), the government’s disaster and emergency management agency said.

The US Geological Survey assessed the quake’s magnitude at 6.7, and said it struck at a depth of about six miles.

One person said: ”It was very scary, furniture fell on top of us.”

The tremor was felt in several parts of eastern Turkey including Tunceli, the Turkish broadcaster NTV reported, adding that neighbouring cities had mobilised rescue teams for the quake area.

Turkey lies on major faultlines and is prone to earthquakes. 

The US Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 6.7, with the quake affecting not only Turkey but also Syria, Georgia and Armenia. 

The quake had a depth of 6.2 miles, according to EMSC.