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Turkey earthquake kills at least 3; dozens trapped

Rescuers pull a survivor from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Van, Turkey, during an earthquake Wednesday.

Associated Press

Rescuers pull a survivor from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Van, Turkey, during an earthquake Wednesday.

ANKARA, Turkey — An earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Wednesday night, killing at least seven people and trapping dozens in the rubble of toppled buildings damaged in a previous temblor, which had killed 600 people, officials said. Twenty-three survivors were rescued.

About two-dozen buildings collapsed in the provincial capital of Van after a 5.7-magnitude quake, though most were empty or declared unfit because they were weakened by last month's quake, according to media reports.

In a grim replay of scenes from that quake, men climbed onto piles of debris and frantically clawed at twisted steel and crumbled concrete to find survivors.

Voices could be heard calling for help from under the debris, according to Turkish media.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Van to visit survivors of the previous quake on the last day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice.

Davutoglu said 22 of the 25 buildings that collapsed were empty. Rescue teams were searching for survivors in the wreckage of two hotels and an apartment buildings.

One was the Bayram Hotel, Van's best-known hotel. Some of the guests were journalists who were covering the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude quake Oct. 23, which left thousands homeless. Turkey's Dogan news agency said two of its reporters were missing.

Turkey earthquake kills at least 3; dozens trapped 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 11:32pm]

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