A 6.8-magnitudeearthquake hit Turkey’s Elazig Province at 8:55 p.m. local time (17:55 GMT) on 24 January. Almost all of the houses were demolished in the village of Çevtaş in Sivrice, which was hardest hit by the Elazig earthquake last night.

In a village where two people lost their lives and two people were injured, locals explained the fearful moments by saying “the houses were destroyed before we realized what happened”.

Search and rescue teams continued to work throughout the night. The 6.8-magnitude earthquake has also caused long cracks on the roads in Sivrice, the Turkish province of Elazig.

Roads in the area are reported to be partially blocked by landslides, making communication with settlements difficult.

The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey’s east has climbed to 22, while the number of those injured has reached 1,030, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on 25 January, citing the national disaster agency.

According to the EMSC, the earthquake was felt in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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