At least four dead in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey

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A powerful earthquake shook eastern Turkey on Friday, killing four, according to Turkish authorities who spoke with local media.

An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit eastern Turkey on Friday, a Turkish government agency said.

The quake shook the Sivrice district in the eastern province of Elazig around 8:55 p.m. (1755 GMT), said the government agency for disaster and emergency management.

The US Geological Survey UU. He evaluated the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.7 and said it hit at a depth of 10 kilometers (approximately six miles).

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said there was no news of victims at this time.

“Sivrice shook 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.

Turkey is in major failures and is prone to earthquakes.

In 1999, a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook Izmit in western Turkey, leaving more than 17,000 people dead, including about 1,000 in the economic capital of Istanbul.

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