24 октября 2011 17:29

Devastating quake in south-east Turkey

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7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Van province, Turkey, on October 23. ©Reuters 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Van province, Turkey, on October 23. ©Reuters


7.2-magnitude quake hit Van province, south-east Turkey on October 23. Aftershocks keep hitting the area creating people's panic. Over 150 shocks were registered in 12 hours. Another 6.0-magnitude quake was registered at night. Countless people spent the night outdoors after the terrifying quake which also caused widespread electricity outages, huddling around fires for warmth as the temperatures hovered around freezing. Over 200 people were estimated to have been killed in the disaster. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the toll could rise as more victims were found in the wreckage of shattered buildings. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the toll could rise as more victims were found in the wreckage of shattered buildings. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the toll could rise as more victims were found in the wreckage of shattered buildings. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

A powerful earthquake in the town of Caldiran in Van province killed 3,840 people in 1976. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

A powerful earthquake in the town of Caldiran in Van province killed 3,840 people in 1976. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

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©Reuters/Umit Bektas

Rescue works are held in the area.  ©Reuters

Rescue works are held in the area. ©Reuters

Countless people spent the night outdoors after the terrifying quake.  ©Reuters/Umit Bektas

Countless people spent the night outdoors after the terrifying quake. ©Reuters/Umit Bektas

There is still hope to find people alive in the wreckage of shattered buildings. ©Reuters/Umit Bektas

There is still hope to find people alive in the wreckage of shattered buildings. ©Reuters/Umit Bektas

©Reuters/Osman Orsal

©Reuters/Osman Orsal

An hour after the quake Turkish Red Cross sent 1,162 tents, 1,000 heaters, 4,250 blankets and 500 first aid items to the area. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

An hour after the quake Turkish Red Cross sent 1,162 tents, 1,000 heaters, 4,250 blankets and 500 first aid items to the area. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

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©Reuters

A kid was found under a collapsed building. ©Reuters/Stringer Turkey

A kid was found under a collapsed building. ©Reuters/Stringer Turkey

Local residents help rescue operations. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

Local residents help rescue operations. ©Reuters/Osman Orsal

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