Tremors rock Turkey

July 24, 2017 12:05 am | Updated 12:05 am IST

More tremors rocked devastated western Turkey to-day [July 23] after last night’s [July 22] death-dealing earthquake, but Government officials hoped the final death toll would not be more than 100. Provisional figures prepared for Premier Suleyman Demirel put the number of people killed at around 70. The official death roll in this city of about 40,000 — the centre of the devastation — is 28 dead and about 200 injured, but no news has come in from surrounding villages. Yesterday’s [July 22] shocks rumbled across one third of Turkey and were felt in 21 provinces. Unofficial sources said 10,000 houses were damaged. The Turkish Meteorological Department said the tremors were expected to last for 10 days. Provisional figures put the number of people killed at around 70. To-day [July 23], meteorological officials in Istanbul, 150 miles (240 kms.) west of here [Adapazari (Turkey)], said their seismographs had recorded 27 tremors in the past 12 hours. But the centre of yesterday’s [July 22] quake was Adapazari, this city of 40,000 about 150 miles east of Istanbul A third of it was unofficially reported damaged. Yawning cracks appeared, criss-crossing the ground, as people ran screaming from their homes. Istanbul itself was hit. Much of its ancient Byzantine walls, built 1,500 years ago, crumbled to the ground in showers of dust and rubble. At least one office building collapsed. Here [ADAPAZARI (Turkey)], rescuers were digging desperately for trapped victims when the new quake struck early to-day [July 23]. The quake, just 22 minutes after midnight, brought down buildings and walls damaged yesterday [July 22].

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