Sivrice, Eastern Turkey– A huge earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked the town of Sivrice in the province of Elazig. The quake collapsed buildings, injured over 1,000 people and killed at least 22.
Rescuers have pulled 39 people from the rubble and fear that over 20 people are still trapped under the wreckage. The quake struck at 20:55 local time and tremors were felt in Syria, Lebanon, and Iran.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority has sent over 400 rescue teams to the region. The teams will be bringing beds and tents for the residents who have been displaced.
47-year-old Melahat Can who lives in Elazig told AFP news “It was very scary furniture fell on top of us. We rushed outside.
On Saturday morning the emergency authority said the temperature had fallen to -8C. Turkish officials have sent blankets along with the beds and tents.
Hundreds of personnel with emergency supplies have been dispatched by the Turkish Red Crescent.
Our thoughts and prayers here at IMUMEDIA go out to all the victims and their families. Stay safe Turkey and stay out of buildings in case of aftershocks.
(Cover photo courtesy of ABC, 2nd photo Rferl.org, 3rd photo ayes, video courtesy of DW news, source BBC news)