Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey

The Turkish authorities reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the country’s east on Friday.

The earthquake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time, near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.

The defense minister, Hulusi Akar, told reporters that there were no reports of any casualties in Sivrice but said the quake may have caused casualties in rural areas outside the town. He said troops were on standby to help is they are needed

The Kandilli seismology center in Istanbul said the quake measured 6.5.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 6.7, with the quake affecting not only Turkey but also Syria, Georgia and Armenia.

Turkish media said the earthquake sent people running outdoors for safety.

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