16:22 GMT21 February 2020
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    According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the tremors reached a 6.8 magnitude near the town of Sivrice on Friday. The centre added that the quake may have been felt by around 120 million people in the region.

    The death toll from the intense earthquake that hit Turkey has climbed to 22, with over 1,000 wounded, Anadolu reported on Saturday, citing emergency services.

    The Turkish authorities dispatched up to 500 rescue teams to the site of the events, while mobile operators announced that their services would be free in the provinces of Elazig and Malatya, hit by the disaster.

    • Emergency teams working at the site of the earthquake in Turkey's Elazig
      Emergency teams working at the site of the earthquake in Turkey's Elazig
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    • Emergency teams working at the site of the earthquake in Turkey's Elazig
      Emergency teams working at the site of the earthquake in Turkey's Elazig
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    • Turkish rescue teams dig through earthquake rubble
      Turkish rescue teams dig through earthquake rubble
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    • Debris and rubble at the site of the earthquake in Eastern Turkey
      Debris and rubble at the site of the earthquake in Eastern Turkey
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    • Emergency teams carry out a search and rescue operation at the site of the earthquake in Elazig, Turkey
      Emergency teams carry out a search and rescue operation at the site of the earthquake in Elazig, Turkey
      © Sputnik / Sertaç Kayar
    • AFAD (The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency) car at the site of the earthquake in Eastern Turkey
      AFAD (The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency) car at the site of the earthquake in Eastern Turkey
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    Emergency teams working at the site of the earthquake in Turkey's Elazig

    President Erdogan stated that the government is doing everything possible to rescue the victims. Earthquakes under 6.0 magnitude are typical for the country, which is located in a seismically active zone.

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