Turkey: Earthquake - Jan 2020

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Turkey at 8:55 p.m. local time on 24 January, at a depth of 15km and centred near the district of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province. Soon after the initial quake, the province was shaken further by a series aftershocks ranging from between a magnitude 5.4 to 3.3. The earthquake was felt in provinces as far as southern Adana and northern Samsun, along with northern Syria and Iraq. (Turkish Red Crescent Society, 24 Jan 2020)

The number of fatalities in Elazig and Malatya provinces (central-eastern Turkey) has increased to 41, after the earthquake of 6.7M occurred in Sivrice District on 24 January. Search and rescue operations have ended. The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) reports that the number of damaged buildings has increased to 11,032, of which 274 are destroyed. (ECHO, 28 Jan 2020)

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