Quake rocks Turkey

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey early Thursday morning, killing more than 80 people.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | May 1, 2003


A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey early Thursday morning, killing more than 80 people and trapping more than 100 students in a school dormitory.

Government reports indicated nearly 400 people were injured, but that figure could grow.

Residential buildings in the area were also destroyed, though the extent of the damage was not yet known mid-morning Thursday. The hospital was reportedly damaged.

The quake was centered near Bingol, some 400 miles east of Ankara, according to reports from the Istanbul seismology center.

Bingol, a rural area, is home to some 250,000 people. Aftershocks were rocking the region Thursday, and relief groups reported they were unable to reach many villages.

Many relief groups, including Church World Service, responded in Turkey when a massive earthquake struck the western part of the country in 1999, killing some 18,000 people.

The Bingol area is still suffering economically from years of civil war. A 1971 quake in Bingol killed nearly 1,000 people.


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