Thursday, November 10, 2011

Seven dead as second earthquake strikes Turkey near city where 600 were killed in disaster three weeks ago...There was also a 5.6 Magnitude 8th Nov

At least seven people are dead and 18 buildings, including two hotels, have collapsed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near the Iranian border.

Over 20 buildings collapsed in the provincial capital of Van following a 5.7-magnitude quake, leaving over 100 people feared buried under the rubble.

In a grim replay of scenes from last month's quake in the same region, men climbed onto piles of debris and frantically clawed at twisted steel and crumbled concrete in an attempt to find survivors.

Voices could be heard calling for help from under the debris, and at least 23 people were pulled alive from the rubble in early rescue efforts, according to Turkish media.

Rescue workers speeded up their search for survivors by daylight on Thursday, trying to open tunnels into the debris, CNN-Turk television reported.

The workers used the glare of high-powered lights to work throughout the night despite several aftershocks.

State-run TRT television said at least seven bodies were recovered and, citing a hotel worker, reported that 35-40 people were believed to be trapped in the rubble of the Bayram Hotel.

Other reports suggested that as many as 100 people were feared buried in the aftermath of the Turkish quake. Read More