Video just released (October 23rd,2011) showing the devastation in the city of Van,Turkey as civilians panic to recover wounded and dead civilians from the rubble.
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A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at
least 85 people and sparking widespread panic as it collapsed dozens of
buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.
of thousands of residents fled into the streets running, screaming and
trying to reach relatives on cellphones. As the full extent of the
damage became clear, desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their
bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.Turkey's
state-run television TRTsaid a group of inmates escaped from a prison
after the earthquake struck. It gave no other detail and it was not
immediately known how many had fled.
"My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!" CNN-Turk
showed one young man sobbing outside a collapsed building in Van, the
provincial capital.TRT television reported that 59 people were killed
and 150 injured in the eastern town of Ercis, 25 others died in Van and a
child died in the nearby province of Bitlis.Turkish scientists
estimated that up to 1,000 people could already be dead, basing the
calculation on low local housing standards and the size of the quake.The
hardest hit was Ercis, a city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border,
which lies on the Ercis Fault in one of Turkey's most earthquake-prone
zones. Van, about 55 miles to the south, also sustained substantial
damage.Up to 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis,including a dormitory, and
10 buildings collapsed in Van, the Turkish Red Crescent said. Some
highways also caved in, CNN-Turk television reported.
By: the demon
In: Regional News
Tags: Earthquake, 7.2, Van, Turkey, raw, video, footage, disaster, panic, chaos, rescue, wounded, dead, injured
Location: Van, Van, Turkey (load item map)
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