Quake strikes Turkey

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 3, 2002


A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey Sunday, toppling at least 80 buildings.

Rescue workers were digging through rubble Sunday morning searching for trapped survivors. Government officials were setting up tent cities for those who were warned to stay away from their damaged homes because it was too dangerous to return. Temperatures are likely to drop below freezing overnight, forecasters reported.

At least 35 people were killed and more than 100 were injured, according to government reports. Turkish officials reported they did not expect the death toll to rise dramatically.

In 1999, about 18,000 people perished in two earthquakes that struck Turkey. Some faith-based disaster response groups are still helping people recover from 1999's devastation. Responders reported post-traumatic stress is pronounced, and many people fear more quakes.

A larger disaster was avoided this time around because many shops are closed on Sunday. The most severely damaged structures were public buildings in the town of Sultandagi. Some homes in adjacent towns and villages were destroyed.

The quake's epicenter was in the town of Bolvadin, where a dozen buildings collapsed and several mosques were severely damaged.


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