Powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes rattles Turkey
Over 20 persons are reported to have died and 500 injured as a powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes struck eastern Turkey on the freezing Friday night around 9 PM. The ‘Level-3’ quake was followed by over a series of aftershocks.
The Turkish government’s disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD) has identified the small lakeside town and a popular tourist spot - Service in the eastern province of Elazig as its epicenter with a depth of 10 kilometers. The impact of the quake was so strong that buildings and houses collapsed and turned into debris within minutes and shudders were felt in cities afar.
The rescue teams reached the spot almost immediately, but the work of clearing the rubble started on Saturday morning after dawn broke. The authorities said that though there is no one trapped in the debris they are still looking out for about 30 persons who are yet to be traced.
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday morning took to Twitter to say, “My wholehearted sympathy to President @RTErdogan and the Turkish people following the devastating earthquake that has hit Turkey. Our search and rescue teams stand ready to assist.”
The government authorities have opened sports centres, schools and guest houses to accommodate quake victims in Malatya.