Turkey Earthquake Map
October 24, 2011 by staff
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women who are working to bring relief to the affected region,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in a statement. “We’re shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish allies during this difficult time and we are ready to assist the Turkish authorities.”
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred about 10 miles from Van, shortly after 1:30 pm local time. The magnitude was originally reported as 7.3 but later changed to 7.2. The quake had a depth of 12.4 kilometers.
The official death toll has not been released, but reports say more than 80 have died because of the strong earthquake.
Mustafa Erdik, Kandilli observatory director, said during a televised press conference, “We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000.”
The earthquake had an estimated 10 buildings in Van and reported Erci? 80 buildings, a city near the border with Iran.
“So many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction,” said Zulfikar Arapoglu, the mayor of Erci?, NTV television, according to the Associated Press. “We need urgent help. We need doctors.”
According to CNN, the main quake was followed by several aftershocks in everything, including one of magnitude 5.8. Although Sunday’s earthquake was considered large, earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which is crossed by fault lines.
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