Massive earthquake that shook northeastern Turkey causing casualties. Kandilli Observatory Earthquake estimated 500-1000 people were killed by the quake.
Earthquake of 6.6 magnitude that hit the eastern province of Van. U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measuring 7.6 magnitude and occurred at a depth of 94.5 km.
" We expect hundreds of people died. Could 500-1000 people, " said Director of the Kandilli Observatory, Mustafa Erdik, as quoted by Reuters on Sunday ( 10/23/2011 ).
Officials at the Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey confirmed that the earthquake occurred at 10:41 local time caused the death of citizens. In addition, some also reported collapsed buildings rocked by the earthquake.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Besir Atalay, adding, at least 10 buildings in the city of Van as well as 25-30 buildings destroyed near the district of pea.
While the Reuters reporter in Hakkari, a town located 100 km south of Van, reported that the quake was strong enough to be in place. He could feel the building shake for about 10 seconds.
However, there were no fatalities in Hakkari.
Two major earthquakes have struck Turkey in 2009. The quake caused 20.000 Turkish citizens died