Quake Kills 14, Injures 193 in Turkey

from Associated Press

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 shook western Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and burying many more under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

At least 193 others were injured, the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency said. Public Works Minister Halil Culhaoglu said the death toll could reach 100.

As many as two-thirds of the buildings collapsed in Dinar, a city of 100,000 near the quake's epicenter, said Semih Koken, an editor for a local TV station. Anatolian also reported damage in the neighboring towns of Evciler and Kiziloren.

The Turkish Red Crescent, the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross, dispatched a first-aid convoy with 500 tents and 2,500 blankets to Dinar from the capital, Ankara.

Sunday's quake hit at 5:57 p.m. An aftershock measuring magnitude 4.7 hit Dinar at 8:03 p.m., said Ahmet Isikara, a spokesman for Istanbul's Kandilli Observatory.

The city, about 175 miles southwest of Ankara, was pitch black early today, having lost power in the quake. Heavy rain also hampered rescue efforts.

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