Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes eastern Turkey

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck the eastern Elazığ province of Turkey on March 19.

The quake, which occurred at 8.53 p.m. local time (1753GMT), had a depth of 21.34 kilometers, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).

There are no reports of casualties or damage so far.

Elazığ quake victims move to 'container city'

Victims of an earthquake in eastern Turkey earlier this year began moving to a "container city" on Feb. 28, composed of prefabricated housings.

The new surrounding provides residents with necessary infrastructure, hot water and a children's park.

Nine-hundred containers has been constructed in the Doğukent and 456 in the Kırklar neighborhoods of Elazığ.

80 schools in east shut down due to damage: Minister

Eighty schools in the country's east damaged during an earthquake on Jan. 25 have been closed and the buildings will be demolished, Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has said.
"All schools in the earthquake-region were controlled and the decision to demolish 80 of them has been taken," Selçuk said on Feb. 2 in an interview with Kanal 7.

Two earthquakes strike eastern Turkey

Two earthquakes of 4.5 and 4.2 magnitudes struck Turkey's eastern province of Elazığ early on Feb. 1, with no reports of damage, according to the Disaster and Management Presidency (AFAD).

The earthquakes stuck nearly half an hour apart at 2.32 a.m. local time [0532GMT] and 3.03 a.m. [0603GMT] at a depth of about seven kilometers with its epicenter in the district of Sivrice.

Gov’t urgently to meet housing needs of earthquake victims: Minister

Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum has said a team of more than 500 personnel under the coordination of Turkey's disaster and emergency agency AFAD began working at a site of the Elazığ earthquake, in eastern Turkey, and that the housing needs of earthquake-affected citizens would be met immediately.

Man slashes tires of 160 cars after deadly earthquake

An unidentified man late on Jan. 24 slashed the tires of at least 160 vehicles in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Turkey's east.

Surveillance footage from Diyarbakır's Bismil district showed that an unidentified man flattened the tires with a knife, right after a powerful earthquake in eastern Elazığ province.

4.9-magnitude quake jolts eastern Turkey

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake on Dec. 27 jolted the eastern Turkish city of Elazığ, according to the country's disaster and emergency body.

On its website, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said the quake occurred at 10.02 a.m. local time (0702GMT) at a depth of seven kilometers (4.3 miles), with its epicenter below the Sivrice district.