Big Earthquake Rattles Turkey Again

Reports say a hotel, scores of other buildings collapsed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2011 2:59 PM CST
Rubble is seen in a main road in the city center of Ercis, Turkey on Oct. 29. Another big aftershock hit today.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici))

(Newser) – An earthquake struck eastern Turkey tonight, killing at least three people and leaving dozens trapped in the rubble of toppled buildings damaged in the previous temblor, which had killed 600 people. About 20 buildings collapsed in the provincial capital of Van following a 5.7-magnitude quake, according to media reports. In a grim replay of scenes from last month's quake in the same region, men climbed onto piles of debris and frantically clawed at twisted steel and crumbled concrete in an attempt to find survivors.

Voices could be heard calling for help from under the debris, and at least 10 people were pulled alive from the rubble in early rescue efforts, according to Turkish media. State-run TRT television said at least three bodies were recovered and more than 50 people were believed to be trapped in the rubble of a hotel. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the quake toppled a hotel, a school, and a number of mudbrick homes.

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