At least 19 people have been killed and more than 900 injured in the massive 6.8-magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey.
The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said 922 were injured by the very strong earthquake in Turkey , of which 433 in Elazig province and 222 in neighboring Malatya province.
“About 30 people are in ruins in Elazig,” Health Minister Fahretin Koca said, stressing that search and rescue operations are continuing, fearing the death toll may rise.
Interior Minister Suleiman Soilu said the injured were taken to hospitals and units opened for those affected by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake .
Five buildings in the city of Siberia and 25 in the city of Doganiol in Malateia province were destroyed, Environment Minister Murat Kurum said.
AFAD reported 118 earthquakes measuring 2.7 to 5.4 degrees. Hundreds of tents, beds and thousands of blankets have been sent to the affected cities.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the army is ready to assist if necessary.
Lekka on earthquake in Turkey: Up to 6.5 Richter earthquakes will follow
Concerned about the magnitude of the 6.8 magnitude Richter earthquake damage in Turkey, OASP professor and president Efthimios Lekkas appeared because he was very superficial. Mr Lekkas explained to RES-EIA that the earthquake in Turkey was felt until Beirut. It was very strong and probably caused great damage. He added that several aftershocks of even 6.5 Richter would follow. Mr Lekkas explained that it did not originate from the well-known Anatolian rift nor is it related to the very recent earthquakes in Asia Minor across Lesvos. The earthquake was described by the seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos in his statements.
Contact Mitsotaki – Erdogan, Dendi – Tsavousoglou
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis contacted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and expressed condolences and solidarity to Greeks in the Turkish people over tonight’s devastating earthquake. The Greek Prime Minister noted that Greece is ready to assist in search and rescue operations if requested.
The Turkish President thanked the prime minister, stressing that the situation is currently being monitored by Turkish carriers and that the situation would be re-evaluated in the morning.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias contacted his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu by phone to express his solidarity and full support for Greece in the Turkish people and Turkish government being hit by the powerful earthquake. According to diplomatic sources, N. Dendias also expressed our country’s readiness to immediately support the efforts of the Turkish authorities to provide all necessary assistance to the victims.
In addition, according to the same sources, he also contacted Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoid, who had arranged for EMAK stalemates to move to Turkey, if appropriate. N. Dendias, as he is also known, is in constant contact with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who briefs him on relevant developments.
“We express our sincere condolences and our solidarity with the people and government of Turkey for the powerful earthquake that struck the country. Greece is ready to help, “the Foreign Ministry said in a post on Twitter.
Source – iefimerida.gr