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Updated: 1/26/2020 5:29:15 AM
Rescue teams working through the night pulled 45 people from collapsed buildings, Turkey's disaster authority said on Sunday, as the death toll from a powerful earthquake in the country's east rose to 35.
At least 31 people have been killed and 1 547 injured after a shallow M6.8 earthquake hit near the town of Sivrice in eastern Turkey's Elazig province at 20:55 local time on January 24, 2020.
According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) report issued early January 25, 18 people died in Elazig and 4 in neighboring Malatya province. The death toll rose to 31 and the number of injured to 1 547 by the end of the day.
AFAD said preliminary reports say the quake lasted 40 seconds. At least 530 aftershocks have been felt in the region, with 9 above M4.0 and the strongest registered at M5.4. Initial reports suggest 76 buildings were demolished, 42 damaged and 425 with minor damages.
The province was hit by an M6.0 earthquake in 2010, claiming the lives of 51 people.