Friday 24 November 2017

Six-storey hotel falls to ground as new quake hits Turkey

Jason Crean in Istanbul

An earthquake struck eastern Turkey last night, causing buildings, including a six-storey hotel, to collapse.

The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7, hit the eastern province of Van, more than two weeks after a 7.2 earthquake there killed around 600 people.

The quake brought down buildings which were damaged in the earlier one.

It was not known if anyone was trapped under debris.

State-run TRT television said the quake brought down a six-storey hotel.

TV footage showed residents and rescuers trying to dig out people believed to be trapped under the debris.

Sky Turk television said the hotel was being used by journalists and aid workers. It was not known how many people were inside.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked the region since October 23. Many residents had been living in tents, too afraid to return to their homes.

Irish Independent

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