At Least 22 Dead in 6.7-Magnitude Earthquake in Eastern Turkey

By Paul Riegler on 25 January 2020
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An earthquake in eastern Turkey Friday night has resulted in as many as 22 deaths, officials said.

The quake was centered approximately 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) northeast of Doganyol, or 460 miles (740 kilometers) east of Ankara, near the town of Sivrice in the Elazig province.  It struck shortly before 9 p.m. local time, Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, told reporters.

Over 30 buildings collapsed in the region.  Emergency workers distributed tents and blankets in an area where the temperature hovered around the freezing mark.

“The earthquake was very severe, we desperately ran out (of our home),” a local resident, Emre Gocer, told the Anadolu news agency.

The earthquake was felt was far as Armenia, Georgia, and Syria.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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