Turkey quake death toll reaches 57

The death toll from a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook eastern Turkey on Monday around 57, report said. This caused the most deaths in 6 villages around the epicenter in the Karakocan town of the eastern state of Elazig.

The quake struck Basyurt area of Karakocan town at a depth of 5 km at 4:32 a.m. local time (0232 GMT), told the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory & Earthquake Research Institute of Turkey's Bogazici University.

Shakes were also felt in neighboring provinces of Tunceli, Bingol & Diyarbakir. The institute has so far reported 27 aftershocks & more are expected over the next hours & days. Schools are closed for 2 days. The Turkish Red Crescent had offers 500 tents & foodstuff to the quake zone.

It quoted Turkey's Disaster & Emergency Situation Management Directorate as saying the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.8 on the Richter scale.