TURKEY: Three-year-old girl rescued 91 hours after Turkey quake. Rescuers in Izmir pull the girl out alive from the rubble, as the death toll in the earthquake crossed 110.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit western province of İzmir, Turkey on Friday October 30, 2:51 pm local time. According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) the epicenter of the quake was 17 km off the coast of Seferihisar town of İzmir.The earthquake was felt in provinces as far as İstanbul, Bodrum, Muğla and Manisa. Soon after the initial quake, the province was shaken further by 144 aftershocks, with 21 of them more powerful than magnitude 4.0.The quake has left severe damage to the structures and infrastructures in different areas of Bornova and Bayraklı regions of the city, pushing the residents to flee in panic into the streets. At least 4 buildings have been reported collaped and several others damaged. Turkish Interior Ministry announced that earthquake caused 12 lives and injured 522 others. (Source: Turkish Red Crescent)
“We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted. “… Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.” Health Media Fahrettin Koca identified her as Ayda Gezgin on Twitter and shared a video of her inside the ambulance amid the sounds of applause and chants of “God is great!” from rescue workers and onlookers. Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream before locating the girl next to a dishwasher. He said Ayda waved at him, told him her name and said that she was OK.
The earthquake is the deadliest in Turkey this year after another disaster hit the eastern provinces of Elazig and Malatya in January, killing more than 40 people.Turkey is crossed by fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. More than 500 people were killed in a 2011 quake in the eastern city of Van, while another in January this year killed 41 people in the eastern province of Elazig.In 1999, two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey. (Source: Aljazeera)