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6.7 magnitude earthquake in Turkey kills 18, injured 500 as 30 persons reported trapped under buildings – Updated

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people and causing some buildings to collapse.

The quake injured more than 500 and left approximately 30 trapped in toppled buildings, Turkish officials said.

The quake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time near the town of Sivrice in the eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, said. It was followed by several aftershocks, the strongest with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1.

Elazig is some 465 miles east of the capital, Ankara.

This is a developing story via Agencies

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