6.7 magnitude earthquake in Turkey kills 18, injured 500 as 30 persons reported trapped under buildings – Updated

epa08160865 Rescue workers search a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Elazig, Turkey, 24 January 2020. According to reports, fourteen people have died and several are injured after 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, also affecting parts of Syria, Georgia and Armenia. TURKEY OUT, USA OUT, UK OUT, CANADA OUT, FRANCE OUT, SWEDEN OUT, IRAQ OUT, JORDAN OUT, KUWAIT OUT, LEBANON OUT, OMAN OUT, QATAR OUT, SAUDI ARABIA OUT, SYRIA OUT, UAE OUT, YEMEN OUT, BAHRAIN OUT, EGYPT OUT, LIBYA OUT, ALGERIA OUT, MOROCCO OUT, TUNISIA OUT, SHUTTERSTOCK OUT EPA-EFE/OMER YASIN ERGIN SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people and causing some buildings to collapse.

The quake injured more than 500 and left approximately 30 trapped in toppled buildings, Turkish officials said.

The quake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time near the town of Sivrice in the eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, said. It was followed by several aftershocks, the strongest with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1.

Elazig is some 465 miles east of the capital, Ankara.

This is a developing story via Agencies

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