Massive Earthquake reported in Turkey: Death toll rises to 21, more than 1030 injured (Video)
A powerful earthquake stroke with 6.8R at South-East Turkey on Friday evening. The epicenter was located close to Doganyol between the towns of Malatya and Elazig and had a focal depth of 6.7 km.
According to latest information thirteen hours after the earthquake, 21 people have lost their lives and more than 1030 have been injured with many buildings to have collapsed like paper castles in the center of Elazig and surrounding areas. Approximately 30 people were still under the debris said the Health Minister on Saturday morning, where rescue teams continued their efforts to save lives.
The massive tremor that occurred at 8:55 p.m. local time sending people in panic to the streets.
Fearing of new earthquake tremors, people remain outside despite the freezing temperatures.
The earthquake was not felt in broader areas like Adana in the South-West and Samsun in the North but also in far away Istanbul as well as in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Israel.
Turkey is among the world’s most seismically active countries as it is situated on several active fault lines, and dozens of minor earthquakes and aftershocks occur daily. The most potentially devastating fault line is the North Anatolian fault line (NAF), where the Anatolian and Eurasian plates meet.
Friday’s earthquake occurred on the East Anatolian fault line. By Saturday morning 200 aftershocks have occurred.
More than 17,000 people were killed and over 43,000 were injured when a magnitude 7.4 quake rocked the Marmara region on Aug. 17, 1999.