A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has occurred EASTERN TURKEY at:
Latitude: 38.86N Longitude: 43.48E
Date & Time: 23/10/2011 at 10:41:22 (Universal Time)
Earthquake location with respect to nearby cities:
42 km N Van (pop 371713, local time 13:41:22.7 2011-10-23)
21 km SE Ercis (pop 91915, local time 13:41:22.7 2011-10-23)
The extent of any damage or injuries is not yet known, although Turkey’s Anatolia news agency reports that several houses have collapsed.
The quake woke residents from their sleep when it struck at 4:32 AM local time, centred on the sparsely populated area of Basyurt in Elazig province. The quake had a magnitude of 6.0 and was followed by 30 minor aftershocks.
“There was a lot of fear and panic among the people. It lasted about a minute. We felt it very strongly and everyone tried to get out onto the street,” Nursel Sengezer, a Dogan News Agency correspondent in Elazig, told broadcaster CNN Turk.
Turkey is criss-crossed with faultlines and frequently suffers earthquakes. A large earthquake measuring 7.4 killed some 18,000 people in August 1999.
Several aftershocks of magnitude 4.2 to 5.9 hits following the earthquake.