State TV: Turkey quake kills five, traps scores

By REUTERS
November 10, 2011 06:14

 
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VAN, Turkey - An earthquake in eastern Turkey killed at least five people and scores more were trapped under the rubble of two hotels and a dozen other buildings, state television said on Thursday, less than three weeks after another killed 600 in the same area.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 16 km south of the city of Van at 1923 GMT on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

The tremor destroyed at least seven buildings, including two hotels in Van city, and around 14 other structures in other parts of the region, state television channel TRT said.

It said at least 100 people may still be trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings with one reporter saying up to 70 people may have been staying at one of the hotels.

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