Written/Posted by People Boat Sunday, 23 October 2011 10:20( 5 Votes )
Turkey’s largest earthquake in more than a decade may have killed 1,000 people, destroying apartment buildings and damaging 4,000 homes in the eastern province of Van, government officials said.
State-run TRT television said 85 people have been confirmed dead, 60 of them in the northern town of Ercis, while 80 buildings, including a dormitory, have collapsed. Officials from the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said 500 to 1,000 people may have died. The magnitude 7.2-earthquake struck in the province of Van by the Iranian border at 1:41 p.m. local time and was followed by more than 80 aftershocks, the observatory at Bogazici University in Istanbul said on its website. The temblor, 5 kilometers (3 miles) below the earth’s surface, was the province’s biggest since 1976 and the country’s most severe since a 1999 quake killed more than 17,000 people.