A powerful M6.7 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Friday, January 24, 2020, leaving at least six people dead, causing 4-5 buildings to collapse and sending people running for their lives in the streets.
The shallow earthquake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) and was widely felt in neighboring countries.
The strong and shallow earthquake hit at 8.55 p.m. local time (5.55 UTC) just out of Sivrice in the eastern province of Elazig, about 550km (341 miles) east of the capital Ankara.
The major quake was followed by at least 30 aftershocks, the strongest measuring M5.4 and M5.1.
The quakes were felt in neighboring Syria, Iran and Lebanon.
There are 6 confirmed death (11 in Elazig province and 3 in Malatya province) and officials hope this number will not rise, as Sivrice was shaken very seriously and about five buildings collapsed in the town.
There are also dozens of injured victims, including some who were forced to leap from balconies to escape damaged buildings.
Turkey is seismically active
Turkey is a seismically active area located where the Arabian, Eurasian, and African tectonic plates meet and collide. Most of the country lies along the Anatolian Plate.
According to local seismologists, Istanbul is overdue for a big earthquake.
A M7.8 earthquake in 1939 near Erzincan left more than 32,000 people dead. More recently, in 1999, a powerful M7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Izmit in western Turkey, leaving more than 17,000 people dead including about 1,000 in Istanbul. Find similar earthquake news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [USGS]