5.7-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Turkey
November 9th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

5.7-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Turkey

[Posted at 4:14 p.m. ET] A school has also collapsed following the earthquake in Turkey's Van province, according to Turkish state broadcaster, TRT.

Video from DHA showed residents and rescuers in a floodlit nighttime search effort combing through rubble of what appeared to have been a multistory building in Van.

One survivor was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, but there were no early indications of how many people might be unaccounted for in the aftermath of the quake.

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[Posted at 4:06 p.m. ET] At least 18 buildings, including two hotels, have collapsed in eastern Turkey after the 5.7-magnitude quake struck, Reuters is reporting, citing Turkish state TV.

Journalists are reporting that some buildings weakened by the 7.2-magnitude quake on October 23 in the same province are now seeing structural damage. The previous quake killed more than 600 people.

[Posted at 3:55 p.m. ET] A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey Wednesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was 16 kilometers (9 miles) south of the town of Van, the USGS said, and its depth was 4.8 kilometers (3 miles). The quake hit at 9:23 p.m. (2:23 p.m. ET), it said.

Reuters is reporter that a hotel and an office building have collapsed in Van, citing Turkish state TV.

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  1. becareful

    All these people saying this is normal have money-motivated interests in mind. Be careful not to listen to them.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      Describe these "interests" that you mention.

      November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sillyhead

    Oh, God, you so silly!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dlh3

    1.Yu55 is no larger than an aircraft carrier and won't even affect the tides. 2. What is weird is that oklahoma just had a 5.7 magnitude quake at the same depth turkey's.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      It was caused by fracking. Or so the anti-fracking lobby would have us believe.

      November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sillyhead

    Oh, we'll listen to you insead, becareful. Because...why?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lilswede

    Jesus Is coming,,all Ya have to do is open your eyes and ears,,everything is falling into place,Not just the strange weather patterns,,But everything points in one direction,,we are In for One Hell of A ride,,HAng On TIghtly,,,

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      Tell him not to do it in public, and to clean up after himself!

      November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeemer

      Please open your eyes further and see whether Messiah has already come or not. We have been waiting for more than 100 years now.
      Prophesies like these are in every religious text for the arrival of Messiah. Coming of Messiah is not for just for Christians, it is believed by Musims, Hindus and Buddhism etc., It is for all Humanity. If everybody gets their own Messiah then you can imagine the result.
      But if Messiah comes fulfilling all the prophesies and if you do not believe (like what happened during Jesus Christs first arrival) then whoever rejected him will be the loser.
      If you wait too long then you might need to face the fate of the people of Noah or Lot.
      Or you may not be in a situation to accept Messiah when the world is falling apart.

      November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dpari

    The end is near.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      So kill yourself now and rid the world of your foolishness.

      November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Illeagle-j1

    The asteroid is next! REPEAT all your sins your sinners.. As for me I do not have that kind of energy anymore, I'll just sit here with a smile on my face.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Quid Malborg in Plano TX

    OMG THEY NEED TO STOP FRACKING!!! THIS EARTHQUAKE IS A DIRECT RESULT OF FRACKING!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ron johnson

    we are im the last days, read Mark 13, Luke 21 and Matt 24, God has said non-believers are goin to hell, u dnt have to believe in God but sure as people breathe air and dnt see, you will stand in front of God and explain your un-belief, good luck you will need it!!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      BWAHAHAHAHAH!!! This unbeliever laughs at your idocy and ignorance. Have a great time being wrong about everything!!!

      November 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Debbie

    We had a 5.7 in Oklahoma last Saturday and it wasnt a big of a deal

    November 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      I'm guessing that the building codes in Oklahoma are much stricter than those in eastern Turkey.

      November 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gretchen

    The New Testament refers to scoffers, those who show disrespect about the things of the LORD. The Word of God has something to say about every situation and kind of person.
    People that mock are generally those who do not know what the Bible says. They are called "willfully ignorant," in King James terminology.
    With all the sincerity in my heart, I strongly urge anyone and everyone who has never read the New Testament all the way through- please go to Bible gateway.com. You can read in many old and new versions and translations of the Bible, and in even more languages. It will be the best use of your time that you could make- A far better thing for you to do, than to continue mocking those who have respect for the LORD.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      What's creamy and squirts across the sky?

      THE COMING OF THE LORD!!!

      November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeemer

      Dont expect a Hollywood version of the coming of the Lord. It did not happen with Jesus first time and it did not happen with any prophets of saints of any other world religions.

      Everytime you are expecting such a Grace it will be simple, it could be a stable or it could be insignificant place.

      But if you are too proud to accept the Messiah coming from an unknown place then the end will be to reject the Messiah as he was rejected the first time.

      November 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Raeburn

    Jesus the Creator says, in Matthew 24:7 "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilencies, AND EARTHQUAKES, in divers (various) places." Similarly recorded in Mark 13:8 and Luke 21:11. He also says, "be not concerned, the end is not yet."
    Jesus continues, Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN SHALL THE END COME." TWITTER is one tool now be ing used toward this end.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Quid Malborg in Plano TX

    "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilencies, AND EARTHQUAKES, in divers (various) places." That describes the history of the world for the past 5,000 years at least. Probably longer. We're still here.

    "...be not concerned, the end is not yet." Sounds good to me.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jenna

    Oklahoma was a 4.7 Not 5.7

    November 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      There were several earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-100.-90.php

      November 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lenn

    Earthquake in Turkey because God wants the Muslims to repent? What about a few months ago the earthquake near D.C. Follwed by a hurricane. Is someone trying to tell you something too?

    November 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      YES: OBAMA IN 2012!!! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

      November 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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