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Strong earthquake hits eastern Turkey, killing 14

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 14 people and collapsing buildings near the epicentre of the tremor, which was felt in several neighbouring countries.

The magnitude 6.8 quake hit Elazig province, about 550 km (340 miles) east of the capital, Ankara, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. It was followed by dozens of aftershocks.

Eight people were killed in Elazig and six more in the neighbouring province of Malatya, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said. Regional governors said hundreds of people were injured.