Updated Jan 26, 2020 - World

In photos: Rescue efforts underway after deadly quake hits Turkey

Rescue workers work amid the rubble of a building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey
Rescue workers work amid the rubble of a building after an earthquake in Elazıg, eastern Turkey, on Saturday. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Search and rescue efforts were underway Saturday after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey Friday, killing at least 31 people and more than 1,600 others, the BBC reports.

The big picture: Authorities recorded more than 400 aftershocks, and Syria, Lebanon and Iran felt tremors, per the BBC. Earthquake monitoring centers recorded varying magnitudes of Friday night's quake, from 6.5 to 6.8., AP notes.

Rescue workers evacuate an injured woman from the rubble of a building after an earthquake in Elazig
Rescue workers evacuate an injured woman from the rubble of a building in Elazıg. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
A man waits for his relative to be saved after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey
A man waits for his relative to be saved. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
A rescue worker is seen amid the rubble of a building that collapsed due to an earthquake in Elazig
A rescue worker amid the rubble of a building that collapsed from the quake in Elazıg. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
A villager stands by his collapsed house after an earthquake in Sivrice near Elazig, Eastern Turkey,
A villager observes the remains of his quake-ravaged house in Sivrice, near Elazıg. Photo: Ilyas Akengin/AFP via Getty Images
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