At Least 14 Dead After Strong Earthquake Rocks Turkey
This is a developing story.
At least 14 people are dead after an earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Friday evening, causing several buildings to collapse. Local authorities reported at least 50 injuries, while some outlets reported that number to be as high as the 200s.
The 6.7-magnitude quake was felt across the region in Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and USGS. This quake followed dozens of others that could be felt in Turkey over the last few days, EMSC said.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu described the earthquake as a “serious tremor” that has caused damage to at least four buildings, Reuters reported.
Several humanitarian organizations and governments have tweeted condolences as the story develops. The U.S. foreign assistance office tweeted that emergency experts in the region and in D.C. are monitoring.