'At least 18 buildings collapse in Turkish quake'

5.7 magnitude quake strikes south of Van, which was struck by a 7.6 magnitude quake last month; state TV: Large number of people trapped.

November 9, 2011 23:07
Rescue workers after earthquake in Turkey

Rescue workers after earthquake in Turkey 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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ANKARA - At least 18 buildings, including two hotels, collapsed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7-magnitude quake struck just south of the city of Van near the Iranian border, Turkish state television reported.

TRT Haber news channel said a large number of people were trapped under the buildings and rescue workers could be seen searching through the rubble.

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Less than three weeks ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake hit just northeast of Van, killing some 600 people.

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