5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts eastern Turkey

A moderately strong earthquake jolts Kurdistan-Iran border region

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A moderately strong earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Saturday, according to Turkish disaster and emergency management presidency (AFAD).

AFAD said the 5.3-magnitude quake struck Elazig province, at a depth of 15 kilometers, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the epicenter of the earthquake with 5.4 magnitude was located 10 kilometers northwest of Sivrice in the province.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said all the teams were sent to Elazig province to search the area.

“There is no negative situation so far. All our teams continue searching in the area,” Anadolu quoted Soylu as saying.

*This story was updated at 10:24 a.m. EBL time 

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