Monday, October 24, 2011

Turkey earthquake

. Monday, October 24, 2011

An earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude shook southeastern Turkey on Sunday (Oct 23) at 10:41 local time. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5 km. Then, there was an aftershock measuring 6.1 magnitude with a depth of 33 km.

Data crisis center in the city of Van, Turkey said the quake has caused 100 people died, 500-600 wounded, as well as more than 400 people still trapped under collapsed buildings. Dozens of buildings collapsed in Van region were reported.

As a result of the Turkey earthquake, about 50 buildings have collapsed, including a dormitory. "The most serious damage occurred in Ercis, a district with a population of about 100,000 people," said officials.

Television footage showed panic residents trying to dig up just by using shovels and other digging tools to help people trapped in the rubble of buildings. It is estimated that many people have to spend the night outside with temperatures around 3 degrees Celsius and could not connect with other people. Telecommunication services are dropped.

The Turkish government sent satellite telephone assistance to the region which is inhabited by the Kurds. Military forces will also be sent to help.


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