At least three dead in Turkish earthquake

November 9, 2011 23:55

ANKARA - At least three people were killed when an earthquake hit Turkey's eastern Van province on Wednesday and scores more were trapped beneath rubble of hotels and other buildings, state television reported.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake, which struck 16 km (9 miles) south of the city of Van according to the US Geological Survey, was the second major quake to hit the region in less than three weeks.

The earthquake destroyed at least seven buildings, including two hotels in Van city, and around 11 other structures in other parts of the region, the TRT Haber news channel reported.

A TRT reporter said up to 70 people may have been staying at one of the hotels, without giving further details, adding he saw around five people being carried out of one of the demolished buildings alive.

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