Turkish officials say at least 14 people have been killed in an quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 that shook the country's east, injuring more than 300 and leaving several trapped. Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. It was followed by several aftershocks, the strongest with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1.
Thirteen people were killed in Elazig and five more in the neighbouring province of Malatya, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said after rushing to the region with other ministers to oversee the rescue operation.
The quake struck near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday.
Two men check inside a badly damaged building after a 6.8 natural disaster struck Elazig city centre in the eastern Turkey.
Footage also showed rescue teams searching for survivors trapped in a collapsed building in a village some 30 kilometers from Elazig, and two people were pulled alive from the rubble.More news: Gainesville Police Department new facial recognition tech
The tremor was felt in several parts of eastern Turkey near the Iraqi and Syrian borders, the Turkish broadcaster NTV reported, adding that neighboring cities had mobilized rescue teams for the quake area.
Officials have sent beds, tents and blankets to the area, where overnight temperatures regularly fall below zero.
Elaziğ's governor, Çetin Oktay Kaldırım, told Turkish television station NTV that a fire broke out in a building in Sivrice, near the epicentre, but was quickly brought under control.
"We are hoping we will not have more casualties", he was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency.
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The U.S. Geological Survey assessed its magnitude at 6.7, and said it had a depth of 10 kilometers (about six miles).
At least 4 or 5 buildings collapsed in Sivrice, according to local media.
Turkey sits on top of two major fault-lines and earthquakes are frequent.
People look at a collapsed building after a 6.8 quake struck Elazig city centre in the eastern Turkey. Two strong earthquakes struck northwest Turkey in 1999, killing around 18,000 people.More news: Super Eagles Midfielder, Ndidi Returns From Injury As Leicester Wins