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At least 14 dead in E. Turkey 6.8 earthquake ‘felt all the way to Tel Aviv’

A 6.8 earthquake in eastern Turkey has claimed at least 14 lives and caused several buildings to collapse, according to authorities. The quake was centered in the province of Elazig and was felt as far away as Tel Aviv, Israel.

The quake struck near the town of Sivrice but was felt in other neighboring countries, including Syria, Georgia, Lebanon and Armenia. Its depth was measured at 10 kilometers by EMSC and it was violent enough to send people running outdoors for safety, according to local media.

The governors of Elazig and Malatya provinces reported at least 270 had been injured in addition to the deaths, eight of which occurred in Elazig, with the rest in Malatya.

The initial tremor was followed by a series of aftershocks, peaking at magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

At least four or five buildings have collapsed in Sivrice, according to local media. The town has a population of around 4,000.

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(Source: rt.com; January 24, 2020; https://on.rt.com/a9p9)
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