Natural disasters

In photos: Rescue efforts under way 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 Elazig, eastern Turkey, on Saturday. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Search and rescue efforts were under way Saturday after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey, 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.

Puerto Rico hit by magnitude-5.0 earthquake

Workers clean the debris from the Immaculate Conception Church after 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on January 11
Workers clean the debris from the Immaculate Conception Church after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on Jan. 11. Photo: Pedro Alejandro Granadillo Hernanadez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck the southern coast of Puerto Rico Saturday, per the U.S. Geological Survey.

The big picture: Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency on Jan. 7 after two earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 6.4 and 5.8 hit the U.S. territory. The island has been rocked by a series of tremors since.