UPDATES WITH REMARKS BY TURKISH INTERIOR, DEFENSE MINISTERS; ADDS BACKGROUND; CHANGES DECK; REVISES QUAKE MAGNITUDE FROM 6.8 TO 6.5
By Ali Murat Alhas and Davut Demircan
ANKARA (AA) - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Friday eastern Turkish province of Elazig, according to Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute in Istanbul.
The country's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) first announced the quake with a magnitude of 6.8, but Kandilli Observatory revised the figure to 6.5 shortly after.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the earthquake did not claim any lives and less than a dozen people were reportedly wounded, according to initial reports.
"Search and rescue teams were sent to the region, and further information is yet to come," Soylu said, adding that some buildings in the city center were damaged.
He also said that rural villages might have suffered damage to some extent, without giving further details.
Notably, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the army was ready to step into action if need be.
The quake was also felt in many other provinces including Adana, Osmaniye, Tunceli and Hatay.
In 2010, Elazig province was hit by a 6-magnitude earthquake, killing a total of 51 people.