An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has shaken the southeast of Turkey today, causing serious material damage and, for the moment, two wounded, and has been felt even in neighboring Iraq and Syria. The earthquake occurred around 18.00 GMT and the epicenter is near the town of Sivrice, about 10,000 inhabitants, in the province of Elazig, according to the Turkish state news agency Anadolu.
“At the moment no fatalities have been reported. We have only counted two injured. Some buildings have collapsed or been damaged by the earthquake, ”Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in a first assessment of the damage. In the first images circulating in the Turkish media and social networks, there are damages in homes and vehicles in the province of Elazig, and panic scenes with people running to the street to be safe.
– Yakup Çelik (@ Yakupel35555661) January 24, 2020
In other images you can see a partially demolished building and firemen deployed in the place. The closed night in Turkey also makes operations and damage assessment difficult.
– Orhan Gümüştekin (@GtekinOrhan) January 24, 2020
– Kandilli Rasathanesi (@Kandilli_info) January 24, 2020
The quake partially cut internet connections in that southeastern province. The epicenter is located about 6.75 kilometers from the surface. Although initially awarded a magnitude of 6.8, the seismographic center of Turkey lowered the power of the earthquake to 6.5
– Cafer Yalçın (@caferylcn) January 24, 2020
Elazığ’da 6.8 büyüklüğünde deprem https://t.co/EqAKYn1mS1 pic.twitter.com/2mUIRjtdoi
– ANADOLU AJANSI (@anadoluajansi) January 24, 2020