09 Nov '11, 9pm

5.6 quake in east Turkey topples hotel building

ANKARA: A 5.7 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people and collapsed 21 buildings including a hotel in eastern Turkey late on Wednesday, state-run TRT television reported. More people are believed to have been trapped under the rubble, it said, adding that rescue teams were trying to find possible survivors. The quake occurred at 1923 GMT, with the epicentre in the Edremit district, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the Van province, according to the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory. Nine planes carrying almost 300 rescuers were dispatched to the quake region, said TRT. The region bore the brunt of the deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 23, which killed more than 600 people. Media reports said the collapsed buildings were already damaged in that quake. The latest quake sowed fresh panic among residents. One of the collapsed buildings is a six-storey ...

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