Sunday, October 23, 2011

Eastern Turkey Rocked by 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake -- Many Feared Dead: Mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu

ANKARA, Turkey – According to US Geological Survey (USGS); a strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Turkey today at about 13:41 (10:41 GMT), some 19km (12 miles) north-east of the city of Van.

Eastern Turkey Rocked by 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake
Turkey's Kandilli observatory, though, reported the magnitude of the quake as 6.6.

Several houses have been reported collapsed, according to Turkey's Anatolia news agency, yet no exact information available about the extent of any damage or loss of lives.

Zulfikar Arapoglu, the mayor of Van, told while talking to NTV channel, that there were so many dead. Several buildings had collapsed, there was too much destruction.

Dozens of people are feared to be trapped in the debris of 7-storey building in city of Van, near Iranian border, while rescue and emergency teams have already started their work to the save the people as much as possible.

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