Powerful earthquake shakes eastern Turkey, killing 22

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey reached 22, as rescuers searched for an estimated 22 more people trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Thirteen people died in Elazig province and five more were killed in the neighbouring province of Malatya, the disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD).

The earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck eastern Turkey on Friday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers, according to EMSC.

Rescuers are seen in outside a collapsed building after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, January 24, 2020. (Ihlas News Agency via Reuters)

Rescuers are seen in outside a collapsed building after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, January 24, 2020. (Ihlas News Agency via Reuters)

State media in neighboring Syria reported the earthquake was felt in several areas of the country. Local media in Lebanon reported the same in the cities of Beirut and Tripoli.

State broadcaster TRT showed footage of police and emergency workers searching a partly collapsed building in Elazig. Windows were smashed and balconies had crashed to the ground.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01
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