Turkish officials say an avalanche has killed at least six people and trapped around six others under snow.

Officials say the avalanche hit a group of  some 15 hikers Sunday on Mount Zigana, in Turkey's northeastern Gumushane province.

A Turkish news agency (NTV) says the military has sent rescuers to the scene where several people have been pulled from the snow.

Turkey is wrinkled by rugged mountain ranges that surround and intersect the high, semiarid Anatolian plateau.  Most of Turkey lies within an earthquake zone, and recurrent tremors have been known to cause avalanches in the area.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.