Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey - At Least 138 Dead
A powerful earthquake rocked Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 138 people and injuring 350. The 7.2 magnitude quake struck the southeast part of the country, causing buildings throughout the region to crumble and collapse.
CNN Turk television showed one young man sobbing, “My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!” outside the wreckage of a building in Van, a city near the epicenter.
Hundreds are still missing in the wake of the quake, which was most powerful to strike Turkey in more than a decade. Rescuers will work through the night digging out survivors trapped in the rubble, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told reporters. He said 93 were killed in Van, while 45 were killed in the nearby city of Ercis. Erdogan also cautioned that those numbers are expected to rise.
Around the world, countries have reached out to offer support and aid.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women who are working to bring assistance to this stricken region," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish ally at this difficult time, and are ready to assist the Turkish authorities."