Sunday, October 23, 2011

Turkey Earthquake: at least 217 dead and Hundreds more Still Missing -

At least 217 people have been killed and hundreds more remain trapped under rubble after a powerful earthquake struck southeast Turkey.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude quake near the city of Van and the town of Ercis, close to the Iranian border.

Tens of thousands of people rushed into the streets after the first tremor and were digging with shovels and their bare hands to free those trapped.

US scientists recorded over 100 aftershocks in eastern Turkey within 10 hours of the quake, including one with a magnitude of 6.0.

Authorities advised people to stay away from damaged homes, warning they could collapse in the aftershocks.

Interior minister Idris Naim Sahin said at least 100 people were killed in Van, 117 others died in Ercis, and around 1,090 were injured.

But officials estimate the death toll could rise to 1,000 as many people remain unaccounted for. Read More