Ankara: An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale jolted eastern Turkey Sunday, said the US Geological Survey. Turkey’s Anatolia news agency put the scale at 6.6.
The tremblor’s epicentre, with a depth of 7.20 kilometers, was initially determined to be at 38.6270 degrees north latitude and 43.5349 degrees east longitude, Xinhua quoted the US Geological Survey as saying.
The quake destroyed several buildings in Van and caused panic. The quake was felt in the cities of Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Siirt, Batman and Mardin.
Some people were trapped under debris of buildings.