World Death toll rises to 36 and at least 1,607 hospitalized in Turkey earthquake By News Desk Posted on January 26, 2020 2 min read 0 0 539 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr At least 36 people died and more than 1,607 have been hospitalized in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to state broadcaster TRT Haber. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck near the town of Sivrice, in eastern Elazig province, causing at least 10 buildings to collapse, Turkish Interior Minister Sulyman Soylu said. About 1,607 people were hospitalized, the Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management President (AFAD) said on Sunday. At least 45 people have been rescued from collapsed buildings, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said, adding that 1,521 buildings have been inspected, with 76 found to be collapsed and 645 heavily damaged. The earthquake caused five buildings to collapse in Elazig and heavy damage to a number of buildings in the area, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum told reporters. Preliminary reports say the earthquake lasted 40 seconds, AFAD said, adding that 3,699 search and rescue personnel have been deployed. Fifteen aftershocks have been felt in the wake, with the strongest registering at 5.4 magnitude, Soylu said. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which enhances the shaking felt at the surface.