A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in eastern Turkey, killing 37 in the Elaziğ province and 4 in the Malatya province, on Friday evening January 24th. The city of Elaziğ is 550 km east of Ankara. In addition to the 41 who lost their lives, more than 1,600 others were hurt, but rescue operations are now slowly coming to an end. The earthquake struck at about 20:55 local time (17:55 GMT) on Friday, centering on the town of Sivrice in Elaziğ province. More than 700 aftershocks have been registered so far, and more are expected.