Massive Quake Hits Turkey; 57 Dead, Over 100 Injured

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 has hit eastern Turkey, killing nearly 57 people so far and bringing down houses, reported Associated Press.

The quake, that struck six villages in Elazig province, occurred at 4:32 am (0232GMT) and was followed by a series of aftershocks, one of them measuring 5.5 on Richter scale, said report, adding that the centre of the quake was close to the village of Basyurt.

The tremors were also felt in adjoining provinces of Tunceli, Bingol and Diyarbakir, where residents fled to the streets in panic and spent the night outdoors, report said.

Officials and media reports said that quake toppled stone or mud-brick homes and minarets of mosques, said report.

The village of Okcular was hit worst and 17 people are reported to have died there as homes crumbled into piles of dirt, report said.

According to the government’s crisis centre, nearly 100 people were injured in the quake, said report.

Most of the people were asleep when it struck the area and was followed by over 30 aftershocks, report said.

Gov Muammer Erol said that emergency workers were trying to rescue four people from debris.

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