Over 100 buildings collapsed in Elazığ earthquake

As a result of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that took place in the Sivrice district of Elazığ, more than hundred buildings were destroyed, and many people were left under the collapsed buildings.

The Kandilli Observatory announced that an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude occurred at 8.55 pm local time in the Sivrice district of Elazığ.

The earthquake was felt in Amed, Mardin, Batman, Şırnak, Bingöl, Dersim, Adıyaman and Malatya. People run out in shock as more than hundred buildings have been destroyed in Elazığ city center and Gezin, the epicenter of the earthquake.

Reports coming through inform of many people who migh have been trapped in the debris of the destroyed buildings. Many firefighters, ambulances and AFAD teams, who were dispatched to the city and its districts after the earthquake, started work to save those who are under the collapsed buildings.

Many houses were damaged in the Çüngüş district of Amed, where the earthquake was also felt. In addition, in the area around Karakaya Dam, some rocks fell.

A fire broke out as a result of a natural gas explosion in one of the buildings damaged by the earthquake on Istasyon Avenue in Elazığ city center.

Kandilli Observatory said the earthquake was 6.8 in the first statement it released. Later, it said the earthquake was 6.5 but world media reported it was 6.9.