Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shaken: 5.7 Earthquake Rattles Region of Turkey Devastated by Quake

A sizable aftershock measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale has struck a region of Turkey still reeling from a devastating earthquake on October 23. The temblor rattled buildings in the Turkish province of Van, causing many already unstable structures damaged in the previous quake to collapse.

Over 600 people were killed in the October 23 seismic event, with thousands of people left homeless. Panicked citizens ran out into the streets as the aftershock struck, many fearful of a repeat of the previous disaster.

More than 1400 aftershocks have been recorded since the 7.2 quake. Thousands of people are currently living in tent cities, as cold weather invades the area, many too afraid to return to their damaged homes. At least 2,000 buildings were destroyed in the stronger quake and authorities declared another 3,700 buildings unfit for habitation.

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