Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — Battling near-freezing temperatures and darkness, rescue workers and residents in eastern Turkey early Monday scoured the wreckage wrought by the country’s most-powerful earthquake in more than a decade, hoping to find survivors. Television pictures showed them using flashlights, shovels, heavy machinery and their hands to lift the debris, and clambering over collapsed buildings in search of quake victims. At least 138 people were killed and 350 injured in Sunday’s quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey reported had a magnitude of 7.2. Roughly 20 aftershocks rattled the region, one of the nation’s poorest. The largest had a magnitude of 6.0. Ninety-three people were killed in Van, while 45 were killed in Ercis, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding that those numbers are expected to rise.
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