Toll climbs amid frantic search for survivors after devastating earthquake

Residents spent the cold night huddled around campfires in the hillsides near Van Turkey. They find little rest or safety in a place where the ground continues to tremble and buildings are prone to collapse.

October 24, 2011TURKEYTurkey’s interior minister has confirmed that a powerful earthquake has claimed the lives of more than 200 people, though the death toll seems likely to increase in the hours ahead. The 7.2-magnitude quake struck Sunday in the eastern province of Van near the Iranian border, where hundreds of mud-brick homes and concrete buildings were brought down by the powerful temblor.  In the eastern city of Ercis, a reported 80 multi-storey buildings collapsed in the wake of Sunday’s quake. On Monday, Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said 117 deaths have so far been confirmed in the city. Further south in the city of Van, another 100 people were killed and the quake destroyed the wall of a major prison. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink told CTV’s Canada AM that Turkish officials have said they have made contact with all villages in the affected region, though some people living in eastern villages claimed Monday that they still had not received any aid. Geerdink said the death toll was climbing, with as many as 265 confirmed deaths by the afternoon on Monday. The interior minister was quoted earlier in the day saying that at least 217 people had been killed. But that number will likely rise as rescue crews sift through the rubble of the hundreds of toppled buildings. “There are still people under the rubble,” Geerdink told CTV’s Canada AM from Istanbul on Monday. Rescue crews pulled one man from a pile of rubble in Ercis after he used his cell phone to call for help. Turkey’s interior minister said that while the death toll in Ercis could still rise, “the figures are not likely to be scary numbers.” So far, Turkey has turned down offers assistance from other countries, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying the country is able to cope on its own for now. Aftershocks continue to rumble the ground in the region and survivors have been warned to stay out of dwellings that were damaged in the initial quake. A seismologist in Ottawa told CTV’s Canada AM that quake survivors in eastern Turkey can expect those aftershocks to continue for weeks or even months to come. –CTV
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14 Responses to Toll climbs amid frantic search for survivors after devastating earthquake

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us informed. I check your site everyday! Seeing all of these earth changes, what should we be doing to prepare? What should we prepare for? Thank You!


  2. My prayers go out for the people of Turkey who have been affected by this quake.



    • Michele B says:

      Thank you Irene, you are such a role model for me. I would like to join you in prayer about this sad situation. May those affected by it know how much they are loved by the Creator through His special care for them at this time.


  3. Biblicalreality says:

    Anyone else think Jesus is coming back real soon? The planet is falling apart!


    • Yes Biblicalreality, although I am definitely no date setter, since we do not know the day or hour, I due believe His return is imminent. We are warned to watch the signs and to know the seasons. And these birth pains do appear to be coming faster and stronger. However, I also know that the Lord could tarry, according to His purpose.



  4. Peter says:

    Hello Alvin, I am really puzzled by this link

    Because since the TURKEY earthquake pretty well 90 per cent of the listings of quakes are of the Turkish earthquake.If the charts are correct then we can assume that there have been no quakes or tremors anywhere else in the world.Just look at these figures and it is all TURKEY TURKEY and again TURKEY ETC ETC for the past three days and counting.I just don’t get it.If you can clarify in anyway that would be most welcoming.

    kind regards

    Peter UK


    • Turkey is experiencing hundreds of tremors and the region was already one of the most seismically-prone regions on the planet before the 7.2 earthquake struck. I’m not surprised at all given Turkey fault-ridden geology. If the quake happened somewhere else, like Haiti…it would be a different story. I might add that aftershocks have been increasing with major earthquakes and that also signals a major shift in the geologic dynamic of the planet.

      in kind,


    • Peter says:

      Hello Alvin,thanks for your comments.You are a mind of information.Most of your comments are truly valid.If you ever come to London I would still like to take you out for dinner.
      Warm Regards
      Peter UK


  5. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    Death toll rises to 366, more than 2,000 buildings collapsed in eastern Turkey quake, prime minister’s office says – AP
    há 1 hora


  6. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    2-week-old baby rescued 2 days after massive earthquake in eastern Turkey – Reuters
    há 3 minutos » BreakingNews Breaking News
    7-story bulding collapses in Van, 2 days after major Turkey earthquake – AP
    há 12 minutos


  7. Yamkin says:

    EASTERN TURKEY Magnitude 5.5 Depth 10 km


  8. Carol says:

    I see what you mean Peter. Had it not been for the earthquakes in Turkey there would have been an eery kind of calm on the earthquake map. It does seem that when there is a major event in one part of the world the rest is silent for a short time… Or may be an illusion?


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