When a new earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hits in eastern Turkey several people lost their lives. About a hundred people are missing according to the information.
The geological service of the United States (USGS) reported that the intensity of the quake was 5.7 degrees on the Richter scale and its epicenter was located 16 kilometres south of the town of Van, seriously affected by the earthquake of October 23.
The first reports of the public television TRT have realize the collapse of 25 buildings, including a hotel. The authorities confirmed the death of at least seven people, while rescue teams working to remove rubble in search of survivors.
In a grim replay of the scenes of the earthquake of October in the same region, the men went to heaps of rubble and frantically opened way as they could between concrete and twisted steel collapsed in an attempt to find survivors. So far, they found 23 people with life in two hotels and a building, where the rescue efforts, focus reported that Vice President Besir Atalay.
According to reports, fallen hotels were occupied by journalists and humanitarian workers involved in recovery efforts after the first earthquake.
Nearly 1,400 aftershocks have shaken the region since the massive earthquake on October 23, which killed 600 people and left thousands homeless. Many residents have been living in tents, despite the cold, too afraid to return to their homes. At least 2,000 buildings were destroyed in the strong earthquake, and authorities declared other 3,700 buildings unfit to live.
However, according to the Spanish newspaper El País, experts consulted by local television claimed that the Wednesday was not a replica of that tremor (of 7.3 degrees), but a new one.
Seven dead bodies have been recovered from the rubble of what identified was a hotel now grounded owing to the latest quack. 11 person were safeguard after hefty rescue efforts. The above said "Hotel Bayram" was used to serve journalists which work in this area.
As the NTV television station reported that a collapsed six-story hotel, which was inhabited mainly by journalists and staff of the Turkish Red Crescent, who had arrived after the devastating earthquake in October in the region.
The epicenter of the quake was in the district Edremit - 20 miles southeast of Van - located, reported the Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul earthquake. Several aftershocks shook the region - two of them with a strength of 4.5. The province of Van is located in the southeast, bordering Iran. It is inhabited mainly by Kurds. Turkey is repeatedly plagued by violent earthquakes.
About 20 buildings had collapsed in the city of Van in the province. Helpers were able to recover so far 15 people alive from the rubble.