7.3-magnitude Turkey earthquake causes several buildings to collapse

By on Oct 23, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Updated: October 24, 2011 12:42 a.m.

Read Turkey earthquake update: Hundreds feared to be dead, dozens of buildings collapsed

A strong earthquake hit Turkey on Sunday, October 23, 2011, causing several buildings to collapse with an unknown number reportedly trapped under the debris.

According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its official website, the earthquake occurred at 1:41:21 p.m. (local time), had a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 miles).

As noted by the USGS, the earthquake had its epicenter located at 19 km (12 miles) from Van, or 116 km (72 miles) from Hakkari.

The USGS identified the earthquake as 7.3-magnitude while Turkey’s National Earthquake Monitoring Center reported it with a magnitude of 6.6. Several aftershocks reportedly followed.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that several buildings collapsed including a seven-story building on Kazim Karabekir Street in Van, where a number of people were trapped.

On the other hand, NTV television reported that some buildings in the neighboring town of Ercis also collapsed and Mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu said that there were casualties but not yet counted officially.

On the latest update, USGS changed the magnitude from 7.3 to 7.2 only.

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