Casualties in Turkey earthquake

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale has shaken an eastern region of Turkey, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more.

    Turkey is criss-crossed with earthquake fault lines

    At least six children were among the dead and 46 people injured in the quake overnight on Thursday.

    The tremor struck a rural area of Erzurum province, about
    900km east of the capital Ankara, levelling almost every structure in this village of one-story stone and mud houses in an elevated area.  

    The ministry said Askale county was the epicentre of the quake. As many as 51 aftershocks shook the region.

    The Turkish Red Crescent set up around 40 tents for
    survivors and was erecting hundreds more to shelter almost all of the village's 500 or so residents. 

    The rescue operation, involving some 60 workers, ended on
    Friday morning, officials at the scene said. 

    Turkey is criss-crossed with earthquake fault lines and poor construction of buildings has often led to an unnecessarily high toll.

    In May 2003, at least 167 people, including many schoolchildren, were killed by a quake in the eastern province of Bingol.

    In 1999, around 20,000 people were killed by a quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale near Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.