Turkey (Reuters) - Eighteen people have been
killed and 27 injured after an earthquake hit
remote villages in the eastern Turkish
province of Agri, devastating the local stone
and earth houses.
Soldiers worked with
residents to rescue people trapped in the rubble
and set up tents and mobile kitchens for those
made homeless, Anatolian news agency said.
Istanbul's Kandilli Observatory said the quake
measured 5.1 on the Richter scale.
official at the local governor's office said the
village of Yigincal, with about 100 houses,
suffered severe damage in the quake, which
struck three villages in Dogubayazit district
near the Iranian border at 1:30 a.m. on
Headscarved women villagers
wailed as bodies were pulled from the rubble in
Yigincal, where all the 18 dead were found. A
series of aftershocks shook the
Energy Minister Hilmi Guler flew
to the area by helicopter and joined locals in a
funeral ceremony for 15 of those killed in
Yigincal. He pledge to help those affected by
The prime minister and
president sent condolence messages to the
"Work is continuing on clearing
away the rubble. There is also damage in other
villages, but there are only slight injuries
there," the official in the governor's office
Television pictures from the scene
showed emergency workers carrying the injured
into an ambulance while locals looked on
amid devastated one-storey houses.
remote Dogubayazit area is a destination for
adventurous travellers who come to visit Mount
Ararat and palace ruins on a hill near the
main district town.
The Red Crescent aid
organisation said it had sent 500 tents and 500
blankets to the area along with two mobile
kitchens, Anatolian reported. A 26-strong
search-and-rescue team was also sent to the area
with a sniffer dog.
Agri Governor Huseyin
Yavuzdemir told CNN Turk television he did not
think the death toll would rise, because it was
summer. Many northeasterners move to homes in
the mountains in summer months to escape the
"The search and rescue is
finished... There is no one in the rubble. These
are not buildings that can withstand
earthquakes, they are made of earth and
stone. Some of the houses are made of concrete
and those are fine," Yavuzdemir said.
weather in the area was mild and locals spent
the night outside, he said.
are common in Turkey, which is criss-crossed by
geological fault lines.
Dead In Turkey Earthquake
on Thursday July 01, @10:36PM
writes "Friday, July 2,
A moderate earthquake has hit
villages in northeastern Turkey,
reportedly killing at least 18
people and injuring 50, 20 of them
The quake struck about 1:30
a.m. Friday (6:30 p.m. ET) and was
centered near the town of Dogu
Beyazit, local officials said. The
cities of Agri and Igdir were also
affected by the earthquake, with
the village of Yigimcal hardest
Local officials say they do not
expect the death toll to rise
because many people were away at
their summer homes, but aid
operations are underway and tents
are being set up.
Turkey is the frequent victim
of quakes. In March, nine people
were killed when an earthquake
struck northeastern Turkey, CNN
The U.S. Geological Survey's
Earthquake Hazards Program website
provided the following on the
quake in Turkey:
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time
Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 22:30:12
(UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
Friday, July 2, 2004 at 1:30:12 AM
= local time at epicenter Time of
Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 39.827°N, 43.819°E
Depth 19.2 km (11.9 miles) (poorly
constrained) Region EASTERN TURKEY
Distances 65 km (40 miles) E of
Karakose (Agri), Turkey 70 km (45
miles) WSW of YEREVAN, Armenia 105
km (65 miles) SE of Kars, Turkey
945 km (580 miles) E of ANKARA,
Turkey Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 8.9 km (5.5 miles);
depth +/- 23 km (14.3 miles)
Parameters Nst= 84, Nph= 84, Dmin=468.3
km, Rmss=0.89 sec, Gp=101°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb),
Version=6 Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID uskjdq Felt Reports At
least 18 people killed and 21
injured in the Dogubeyazit area.
Turks Killed In Earthquake, 6 In Car Bomb
July 2 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – At
least 18 Kurds died Friday, June 2, when a tremor
hit a rural area near the Iranian border, while six
others were killed in a car bombing in the eastern
city of Van.
quake, which registered 5.1 on the Richter scale
according to the French Earth Science observatory in
, hit at
(2230 GMT) near the town of
, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
was the worst hit with 18 killed there, provincial
governor Huseyin Yavuzdemir told the NTV television
work in the houses -- which were all made of mud --
has been completed and the toll should not climb any
higher, he added.
houses cannot withstand an earthquake,"
news agency all 67 houses in the village, located
some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Iranian
border, were damaged by the quake.
majority of the some 700 inhabitants had left the
village to take their animals to summer pastures,
the governor said.
the toll would have been much higher, he added.
army sent rescue teams to the region, and Red
Crescent workers were also dispatched. Some 40 tents
have been set up to accommodate survivors.
is crossed by several major fault lines, and
earthquakes are a frequent occurrence.
worst in recent years was in August and September
1999, when two quakes, one measuring 7.4 on the
Richter scale struck northwestern Turkey and
southeastern Greece, killing more than 20,000
worst tremor in modern times was in December 1939,
when a 7.9 quake struck eastern
, leaving some 45,000 people dead.
a car bomb ripped through a street in Van in an
apparent attack on the local governor, Hikmet Tan.
death toll rose to six dead and 23 injured, a
spokesperson for the governor's office told AFP.
earlier toll had stood at five killed and 24
who escaped injured, told reporters his car was
badly damaged in the blast in the city of
, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of the Iranian
recalled that his police escort managed to speed
away from the downtown area where the attack
to the information we have, the bomb which exploded
in a car soon after the governor's car passed by was
remote-controlled," Interior Minister
Abdulkadir Aksu told
a result of this explosion, the car which contained
the bomb was torn apart, two cars nearby were
damaged and there is also damage to the windows and
body of the governor's car," he said.
attack is aimed at disturbing the atmosphere of
peace, order and security in our country. But
everyone should stay assured that the atmosphere of
peace will continue," he added.
impression is that the attack was carried out by the
PKK", the Kurdish rebels of the former
Kurdistan People's Party (PKK), renamed Kongra-Gel,
police spokesman Ramazan Er told a press conference
year ago, Kurdish rebels attempted to ambush another
Turkish governor, on a mountain road in Tunceli
soldiers in the leading escort vehicle were killed
in the exchange of gunfire.
Four Kurdish rights activists and former members of
parliament, recently released from prison, condemned
the Friday's attack in a statement sent to AFP.
condemn the attack... and extend our condolences to
the victims," said the statement issued by
Leyna Zana and three other former MPs released last
month after 10 years in jail for alleged links with
the PKK, pending an appeal of their case.
PKK led a 15-year armed campaign for self-rule in
's southeast until 1999 when it announced a
unilateral truce following the capture of its leader
fighting had left some 37,000 dead, most of them
June 1 the group cancelled its truce, saying it had
become meaningless because of what it said were
"annihilation operations" by Turkish
security forces against its fighters.
's southeast have since sharply increased.
latest attack by suspected rebels killed three
Turkish soldiers and wounded another three when
rebels set off a mine on a road in Van province on
Turkish government has repeatedly called on the
United States to intervene against former PKK rebels
entrenched in mountainous bases in northern Iraq,
but Washington, which has included the group on its
terrorist list, has declined to do so, citing more
pressing security concerns in Iraq.
Sunday, July 4, 2004 · Last
updated 1:10 a.m. PT
Moderate earthquake shakes
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A moderate earthquake shook
central Turkey late Saturday. There were no
immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and
was centered in Afyon province, the Istanbul-based
Kandilli Observatory said. Afyon is about 160 miles
southwest of the capital, Ankara.
Quakes are frequent in Turkey, which lies atop
active fault lines. Two devastating earthquakes
killed about 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey in
On Friday, a magnitude-5.0 quake wrecked 67
houses in a village in eastern Turkey, killing 18
people and injuring 27.
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