Violent earthquake in Turkey, estimated at 500 to 1,000 deaths
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Violent earthquake in Turkey, estimated at 500 to 1,000 deaths

Erciş : Turkey | Oct 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM PDT
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Earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1000 possibly killed

Turkish Institute and Observatory research Kandilli estimated that between 500 and 1,000 people were killed after a strong earthquake in Van in southeastern Turkey province, said local network CNN. Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told journalists that some 10 buildings collapsed in the city of Van and around between 25 and 30 buildings suffered heavy damage in the District of Ercis.

In remarks to NTV channel, the Mayor of Van, Bekir Kaya, appealed to keep a "cool" because of the panic that has caused the earthquake and that has caused many streets remain colapsadas by residents trying to flee the area, making it difficult to the arrival of ambulances.

The American Agency said the epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 10 H 41 GMT, was located 19 kilometers northeast of the city of Van. The depth of the epicentre was located 7.2 miles, according to the USGS. This reading is based on the open scale of magnitude of time, currently used by U.S. seismic service, measuring the area of the fault rupture and the total amount of energy released by the telluric movement.

The telephone network of the city, populated by 380,000 inhabitants, suffered damage. A quake of that intensity can cause extensive damage to Turkey, where many houses were built without respecting the rules.

Turkey is a country exposed to earthquakes that their territory is located in several tectonic faults. In 1999, two strong earthquakes occurred in industrial areas very inhabited the Northwest of Turkey, killing 20,000 people.A powerful earthquake in the town of Caldiran in the province of Van caused 3,840 fatalities in 1976.

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Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake in eastern Turkey
Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake in eastern Turkey
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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