Powerful earthquake in Turkey, 1,000 may have died
A strong earthquake of 7.2 Richter scale rocked today eastern Turkey, leaving dozens of buildings collapsed. Authorities fear there may be up to 1,000 people were killed.
Rescue workers with people who are looking in the rubble of a building in the village Tabanli, near Van.
The earthquake occurred near the city of Van, which, according to Anatolia news agency, at least 50 people were injured.
Office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the loss of life and property in Van. But he did not give specific figures.
Turkey in danger of suffering great earthquakes because it lies on the large geographical fracture line. Two earthquakes in 1999 with more than 7 magnitude Richter has nearly 20,000 people in the densely populated country in the northwest killed.
Authorities fear there are 1,000 people dead.
The earthquake occurred today at 13h41 (local time), with the epicenter 16 kilometers northeast of Van, at a depth of 20km, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
This is followed by a series of strong aftershocks, the center is in North Van, which has two strong 5.6 Richter battle.
Turkish television station said 45 people were killed and 150 wounded in the city Ercis, how about 60km north of Van.
Prime Minister Besir Atalay said 25 to 30 buildings collapsed in Ercis and 10 other buildings also collapsed in the van.
According to the Red Crescent Organization of Turkey, 25 buildings with apartments and a dormitory building that collapsed in Ercis.
Mayor Ercis, Zulfikar Arapoglu, said: "There are too many people killed. Many collapsed buildings, and destroyed so many things. "
Initial information about damage and casualties is still not specific, because earthquake damage and cell phone lines.
The head of the Turkish geological institute said hundreds of people may have died.
"We estimate that about 1,000 houses were damaged and hundreds of people lost their lives. Be it 500, or 1000 ", Mustafa Erdik, CEO Kandilli Observatory said.
Turkey has deployed military aircraft to assist in search and rescue.