An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least four people, Turkish officials said.

The quake struck at 8.55pm local time (5.55pm GMT) at a depth of 6.7km near the town of Sivrice in the eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

It was followed by several aftershocks, the strongest with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1.

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Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said two of the victims were killed in Elazig province and two others in nearby Malatya province, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

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