At least 500 people were killed and about 1000 were injured after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a news conference early Monday.
The death toll was expected to rise, perhaps significantly, with many people reported to be stuck beneath dozens of collapsed buildings. The earthquake, measured at a magnitude of 7.2 by the Turkish seismic institute, occurred in the early afternoon on Sunday in Van Province, not far from the border with Iran. It was centered near the city of Van and the nearby town of Ercis, and it was felt strongly in nearby villages and some parts of northern Iraq, the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency (aa.com.tr) reported.
We are in deep grieve as The Turkish American Community in Ohio Columbus and area with this earthquake and our prayers will be with the people who were affected by this catastrophe. Niagara Foundation and Turkish American Society of Ohio have jointly set up a Relief Fund for those who would want to join us in extending our help to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey.
You may make your valuable contributions by visiting the link below:
(Your donation will be handled by TASC, our sister organization in Chicago, IL)
You can also give a helping hand for the Van Earthquake Relief by sending a check to our organization.
Please make your checks payable to TASO Columbus, and remit to:
2885 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235