At least four people were killed in a major earthquake in eastern Turkey. Two people were killed in the Elazig province, two more in the neighboring province of Malatya, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. Several buildings have collapsed.
Turkish measuring points reported a strength of 6.8 and 6.5. The US earthquake control center USGS registered an earthquake magnitude of 6.7. According to Turkish information, the center was in the Sivrice district. The quake was also felt in many neighboring provinces.
There are always strong earthquakes in Turkey because the country is located on several seismic plates. In August 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed in a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Izmit, Istanbul and other locations. The epicenter was then in Gölcük, southeast of Istanbul. The reconstruction took years.