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Two Hotels Collapse as Aftershock Rocks Quake-Hit Turkish City

November 09, 2011

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Two hotels collapsed as an aftershock measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale rocked the eastern Turkish province that was struck by a lethal earthquake on Oct. 23.

Emergency crews worked to excavate the rubble of the hotels and 16 other buildings that toppled in the shaking, state news agency Anatolia reported. At least 11 people were freed alive from the wreckage, it said. The hotels had housed journalists and rescue workers, according to CNN Turk television.

It was the most destructive of more than 2,500 aftershocks that have shaken the region since the earthquake of magnitude 7.2 that killed 604 people last month, according to the government’s emergency relief authority.

The Turkish Red Crescent dispatched an additional 15,000 tents to the province.

To contact the reporter on this story: Steve Bryant in Ankara at sbryant5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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