Earthquake in eastern Turkey. – USGS
MADRID, 25 Jan. –
At least 19 people have died and more than 750 have been injured, mostly in the province of Elazig, due to an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 on the Richter scale recorded Friday night in eastern Turkey.
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has ensured that all “necessary” precautions are being taken to overcome the earthquake so that the lowest possible losses occur and to ensure the safety of citizens, he has moved through his account Twitter
Erdogan has shown his support to those who have died from the earthquake and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
For his part, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had indicated that 10 people have died in Elazig, while five others have died in the province of Malatya.
In addition, it has announced that “search and rescue efforts have been sent to the region and that the population will be kept informed as events unfold.”
Soylu has said that rural areas could be the most affected by the tremor, but has not offered more details about it, as reported by the Anadolu news agency.
Preliminary information from the Presidency for Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) stood at 6.8 the magnitude of the earthquake, but shortly afterwards the Istanbul Earthquake Research Institute has lowered it to 6.5.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has announced that the Army is waiting and prepared in case his intervention is necessary, while the governor of the province of Gaziantep, in the southeast of the country, has argued that no there are no injuries or material losses in the region.
The governor of Tunceli, Tuncay Sonel, has asserted that the earthquake has been felt in the province, but that this has not caused damage.
The province of Elazig suffered the consequences of an earthquake of magnitude 6 recorded in 2010, which resulted in the death of 51 people.