Very Strong 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits Eastern Turkey today (Sunday). USGS originally gave the magnitude as 7.6 but later corrected it to 7.2.
The epicentre was at the village of Tabanlı, north of Van city. Tremors were felt throughout eastern Turkey and as far away as Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The USGS estimated that more than 19.1 million people may have felt the earthquake, including some 406,000 people near the epicenter who may have perceived ‘violent’ to ‘extreme’ shaking.
Buildings had collapsed and 50 people had been injured. One death was confirmed. Officials at Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory said the death toll was estimated to be between 500 and 1,000, although few specific numbers were available several hours after the earthquake.
Some Emergency teams were trying to rescue people believed to be trapped in buildings. Phone lines and electricity had been cut off.
There is not yet information on remote villages. Serious damage and casualties were also reported in the district of Celebibag, near Ercis. Also Van’s airport was damaged and planes were being diverted to neighboring cities.
Videos: Van’da Turkey earthquake today
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Earthquakes M 6+
From September 22. 2011 to October 23, 2011
6.2 Alaska on Sept. 14 / 6.0 Cuba , 6.1 Nw. Zealand , 6.2 Japan , 7.3 Fiji all on Sept. 15 / 6.6 Japan , 6.0 Japan both on Sept.16 / 6.9 India on Sept. 18 / 6.4 Tonga on Sept. 22 / 6.2 Argentina on Oct. 6 / 6.1 Kermadec Islands on Oct. 7/6.8 Bali on Oct.13/6.7 Papua Nw. Guinea, 6.1 Amurskaya Russia both on Oct.14/6.3 Papua Nw. Guinea on Oct.18/ 6.1 Hokkaido Japan Region on Oct.21 / 7.4 Kermadec Islands Region on Oct. 21/ 7.2 Eastern Turkey on Oct. 23 /
Update October 24, 2011
Numerous aftershocks of M4 + 2 x M5.6 and a strong M6.0
138 people were killed, 350 people reported injured and 970 buildings were destroyed (these numbers will certainly rise further as many people are still buried in the rubble of collapsed houses) – in depth report at earthquake-report