Earthquake in Van, Turkey - 7.2 quake 10/23/2011
Turkish authorities on Tuesday said the death toll from the earthquake in eastern Turkey has jumped to 432. At least nine people were rescued on Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered after Sunday's quake. Rescuers in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, raced against time to free dozens of people trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. Aerial views of the two cities filmed on Tuesday showed the extent of the quake damage. Close to 500 aftershocks have rattled the area since Sunday, according to Turkey's Kandilli seismology centre, and a moderately strong one on Tuesday, measuring 5.4, sent residents rushing into the streets. Authorities have warned survivors in the mainly Kurdish area not to enter damaged buildings and thousands spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes. Some 1,300 people were injured.