• Scattered damage in the country

  • “People need help now”

  • 500 – 1000 feared dead!

Many people have been reported to have died in a major earthquake in eastern province of  Van Province. The earthquake was of magnitude of 7.2 and had a depth of 12.4 miles, which is relatively shallow and could potentially cause more damage. Two aftershocks of 5.6 magnitude has also hit the same area within one hour. The epicenter was in the village of Tabanli in the eastern province of Van, bordering Iran, but the quake was also felt in the province’s center as well as the neighboring provinces of Bitlis, Mus, Batman, Diyarbakir and Hakkari.

Talking to  NTV, Zulfikar Arapoglu, the mayor of Ercis, had this to say;

“There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction, We need urgent aid. We need medics.”

Scattered damage has occurred in eastern Turkey with two collapse of building being confirmed. About 50 people are injured, while unconfirmed reports are saying that about 500 – 1000 people have lost their lives. Some 25 apartment buildings and a student dormitory collapsed in the town of Ercis. The Van province is near the Iranian country and it is quite vulnerable to earthquakes. As a matter of face Turkey, lying atop the North Anatolian fault, has been plagued by earthquakes frequently.

EARTHQUAKES IN TURKEY THAT CAUSED 10,000 OR MORE DEATHS

Year Lat  Lon  Mag  Deaths General area
342 36.2 36.1   40,000 Antakya (Antioch)
565 36.2 36.1   30,000 Antakya
688 38.4 27.2 7.0 20,000 Izmir
847 36.2 36.1  - 20,000 Antakya
1268 39.8 40.4  - 15,000 Erzincan-Erzurum
1268 37.5 35.5  - 60,000 NE of Adana
1458 39.9 40.4  - 30,000 Erzincan-Erzurum
1509 – Sep 14 40.7 29.3 7.0 13,000 Istanbul
1653 – Feb 23 38.2 28.2 7.5 2,500-15,000 East of Izmir
1688 – Jul 12 38.4 26.9 7.5 15,000-20,000 Izmir
1859 – Jun 02 39.9 41.3 6.4 15,000 Erzurum
1883 – Oct 15 38.3 26.2 7.0 15,000 West of Izmir
1939 – Dec 26 39.5 38.5 7.9 30,000 Erzincan
1999 – Aug 17 40.7 30.0 7.4 17,480 Izmit-Golcuk

On March, 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 and depth of 5.0 kilometres killed some 42 people in the Elazig province of Turkey, just south-west of the Van province. Shoddy construction is usually blamed for many deaths.

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