Turkey: Quake kills at least 7, dozens trapped

(AP) - Rescue workers have pulled out 23survivors from the rubble of three buildings, collapsed by anearthquake in eastern Turkey, the country's disaster managementauthority said

ANKARA, Turkey - (AP) - Rescue workers have pulled out 23survivors from the rubble of three buildings, collapsed by anearthquake in eastern Turkey, the country's disaster managementauthority said Thursday. At least seven were killed and dozens ofothers trapped.Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said Wednesday's quaketoppled 25 buildings in the city of Van but only three of them wereoccupied since the others have been evacuated after sufferingdamages in last month's powerful temblor. The magnitude-5.7 quakewas a grim replay of the previous magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hitOct. 23, killing more than 600 people.Rescue workers speeded up their search for survivors by daylighton Thursday, trying to open tunnels into the debris, CNN-Turktelevision reported. The workers used the glare of high-poweredlights to work throughout the night despite several aftershocks.Atalay said Thursday that the rescue work was concentrating atthe site of two collapsed hotels and one apartment building. Thedisaster management authority said 23 survivors were pulled outalong with the bodies of seven people.One of the collapsed buildings was the Bayram Hotel, Van'sbest-known hotel. It was at least 40 years old, and had beenrenovated last year.Some of the guests were journalists who were covering theaftermath of the previous temblor, which left thousands homelessand led a number of countries to send tents, blankets and othersupplies to assist Turkey in the aid effort.Turkey's Dogan news agency said two of its reporters weremissing.Ozgur Gunes, a cameraman for Turkey's Cihan news agency, toldHaber Turk television that some trapped journalists had sent textmessages to colleagues asking to be rescued.

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