Monday, October 24, 2011

217 killed, more than 1,000 injured after Turkey earthquake

23 October 2011, Sunday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin said at least 217 killed and more than 1,000 people injured on Sunday when a powerful earthquake struck Turkey, collapsing dozens of buildings and pulling down phone and power lines in the southeast of the country, officials and witnesses said. More than 1,000 people are feared killed in the earthquake.
The İstanbul-based Kandilli seismology center originally reported that the magnitude was 6.6, but later corrected it to 7.2. The quake occurred at 1:41 p.m. Its epicenter was in the village of Tabanli in the eastern province of Van, bordering Iran, but the quake was also felt in the province's city center as well as the neighboring provinces of Bitlis, Muş, Batman, Diyarbakır and Hakkari. The quake struck at a depth of 5 kilometers.

Overseeing emergency operations in Erciş, one the worst hit towns, Şahin said 117 people were confirmed dead in Erciş and 100 in Van city, the provincial capital. A total of 1,090 people were known to have been injured by the quake on Sunday afternoon, he said...

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