Three generations of the same family - first a baby, then her mother and finally her grandmother - have been rescued from the rubble of Turkey's earthquake that killed at least 366 people.
A two-week-old baby girl and her mother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building on Tuesday in a dramatic rescue, nearly 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey. Television footage showed rescuers in orange jumpsuits applauding as the baby, Azra Karaduman, was removed from the wreckage. A rescuer cradled the naked infant, who was wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic. Hours later, the baby's mother, Semiha, was pulled from the flattened building, where she had been pinned next to a sofa, and rushed to an ambulance. The father was also in the rubble, but it was unclear if he survived. Rescuers in Ercis, the hardest-hit city, and the provincial capital, Van, were racing to free dozens of people trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. Authorities have warned survivors of the quake that killed at least 366 people not to enter damaged buildings, and thousands spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes.WATCH: RAW VIDEO - Baby and mom rescued from quake rubble.
At least seven people were pulled from the rubble alive on Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered. Nine-year-old Oguz Isler was trapped for eight hours beneath a relative's home in Ercis. He was finally rescued, but on Tuesday he was waiting at the foot of the same pile of debris for news of his parents and of other relatives who remain buried inside. The boy waited calmly in front of what was left of the five-story apartment block that used to be his aunt's home. The city of 75,000, close to the Iranian border, lies in one of Turkey's most earthquake-prone zones. By Tuesday morning, 366 people were confirmed dead and 1,300 injured after more than 2,000 buildings either collapsed or damaged in Sunday's quake, according to Turkey's emergency agency, AFAD. Officials said the number of dead was certain to climb. The most-damaged areas were the cities of Van and Ercis and nearby villages in the region near the Iran border. Earthquake teams in Ercis, the worst-hit town, said the effort was one of the most organized responses the country has seen. Turkey declined offers of international help—including from estranged ally Israel—other than from fellow Turkic-speaking Azerbaijan. Along the main thoroughfare of Ercis, a town of some 80,000 people, every third or fourth apartment building had collapsed into a mass of concrete from the 7.2-magnitude quake, which struck at 1:41 p.m. Sunday. - Wall Street Journal.
WATCH: Two-day-old baby rescued in Turkey.
The seismic swarm and aftershocks is still continuing in the area:
|Earthquake list from European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).|
Turkish seismologists fear that the earthquakes that hit the province of Van on October 23 can cause eruption of Nemrut volcano located northwards of Lake Van. Mt. Nemrut is near Tatvan, a small town in the eastern Anatolian province of Bitlis. The mountain rises from the southwestern shore of Lake Van, and enters the district of Ahlat to the north. At least 217 were killed and more than 1,000 people injured when a powerful earthquake struck Turkey, collapsing dozens of buildings and pulling down phone and power lines in the southeast of the country, officials and witnesses said. More than 1,000 people are feared killed in the earthquake. Another magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which was the second to rock the country in the past 24 hours, was registered about 20 km (12 miles) from the city of Van at the depth of some 10 km (6.2 miles). - Pan Armenian.