Saturday, May 21, 2011



Gempa kuat melanda Turki

MENTERI Alam Sekitar Turki, Veysel Eroglu (dua dari kanan) bercakap dengan pemberita di hadapan bangunan yang rosak teruk ekoran gempa bumi di bandar Simav, dekat Kutahya, Turki, semalam. – REUTERS

ANKARA 20 Mei – Gempa bumi berukuran 5.9 pada skala Richter menggegarkan barat Turki, meruntuhkan beberapa bangunan lama dan sebuah masjid serta mengakibatkan sekurang-kurangnya tiga orang maut serta mencederakan hampir 100 yang lain, kata pihak berkuasa.
Menurut kenyataan Pusat Cerap Kandili yang berpusat di Istanbul, gempa bumi itu berlaku di wilayah Kutahya pada pukul 11.15 malam semalam (4.15 pagi hari ini waktu Malaysia) dan di tengah-tengah bandar Simav.
Menteri Alam Sekitar, Veysey Eroglu berkata, dua orang maut termasuk seorang daripadanya yang melompat keluar dari tingkap akibat panik di Simav.
Katanya, seorang wanita tua turut maut selepas mengalami serangan jantung di sebuah lagi bandar, Inegol.
Tambahnya, kira-kira 79 orang tercedera, kebanyakannya terkena pecahan kaca atau melompat daripada beranda serta mengalami serangan jantung akibat panik dengan gegaran, dibawa ke hospital di Simav.
Jelasnya, seorang mangsa mengalami kecederaan serius dan 15 yang lain dirawat di hospital wilayah berjiran yang terletak di Usak.
Pengarah Pusat Cerap Kandili, Mustafa Erdik berkata, gempa bumi tersebut disusuli dengan 50 gegaran, dan gegaran paling kuat bermagnitud 4.6 menggegarkan Kutahya.
Dia memberi amaran lebih banyak gegaran akan menyusul dalam beberapa hari akan datang.
Di Jepun, gempa bumi berukuran magnitud 5.8 menggegarkan Tokyo dan beberapa kawasan lain di timur negara ini hari ini, kata agensi meteorologi. – Agensi


Turkey: Earthquake in Kutahya province leaves two dead

20 May 2011 


An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has struck north-west Turkey, killing at least two people and injuring 79.
The tremor struck just before midnight local time and centred on the town of Simav, in Kutahya province, some 310km (190 miles) west of the capital Ankara.
Terrified residents ran into the streets, and many spent the night in cars after being warned not to go back to their homes.

Raw Video: 5.9 Quake Strikes Western Turkey

One person died after jumping from a window in panic, officials said.
Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu put the death toll at two, and said that of the 79 injured only one was in a serious condition.
Kutahya Governor Kenan Ciftci said three people had died.
State media reported that at least one derelict building collapsed and the windows in some buildings were shattered by the quake, which struck at 2315 (2015 GMT).
"It was so strong that we could not even move in the first few seconds," lawmaker Idris Bal told NTV television. "People are waiting in their cars now."
The quake was followed by around 50 aftershocks, the Kandilli observatory in Istanbul reported.
Turkey is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes because it sits on major geological fault lines.
At least 51 people were killed in a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey in March 2010.
Two earthquakes in 1999 with a magnitude of more than 7 killed almost 20,000 people in densely populated parts of the north-west of the country.
Earthquake hits western Turkey; 2 dead

May 20, 2011
Residents of Simav stand in the streets in the early hours of Friday after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck late on May 19.
Residents of Simav stand in the streets in the early hours of Friday after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck late on May 19

Istanbul (CNN) -- An earthquake that rattled western Turkey killed at least two people and injured dozens more, hospital and government officials said on Friday.
The 5.8 magnitude quake, recorded late Thursday, occurred more than 200 miles west-southwest of the capital of Ankara, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Turkey's Kandilli Earthquake Observatory said the epicenter was the town of Simav in Kutahya province, where aftershocks rippled across the region overnight.
Hospital officials in Simav reported about 150 injuries, most of them minor, and some structural damage has been reported.
Emergency officials swiftly responded with search and medical crews, and supplies such as blankets, water and food.
The Kutahya region recently had a scare of leaked cyanide-contaminated water from a wastewater dam after an embankment collapse.
Crews are checking to see whether the dam was damaged by the quake and so far, there is "no risk," said Veysel Eroglu, the environment minister.

Two dead, dozens wounded as quake hits western Turkey

20 May 2011, Friday 

A building collapsed after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck western Turkey.

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake, which shook western Turkey on Thursday night, killed at least two people and injured over 120, authorities said on Friday.
The quake, which struck before midnight, was centered in the town of Simav, in central Kütahya province, the İstanbul-based Boğaziçi University's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said. Many terrified residents left their homes in panic after the quake, and some spent the night in streets and parks. Two people were killed in Simav, Environment Minister Veysel Eroğlu told reporters. One of the victims was an 18-year-old man who was struck in the head by a concrete block as he was trying to leave his house in panic. The other victim reportedly suffered from a heart attack.
Some of the 122 people suffered injuries after jumping from balconies and windows, and others suffered from heart attacks or panic-related shock. One of the injured is reportedly in critical condition.
According to Mustafa Erdik of the Kandilli Observatory, Simav experienced the strongest earthquake of the last century in its region. “The strongest quake in the region can reach a magnitude of nine. Therefore, I recommend people residing in the region reinforce their buildings,” he said.
The quake also shook buildings further north in Turkey’s largest city, İstanbul, and across western Turkey. It was felt as far as the Aegean city of İzmir, the northwestern city of Bursa and even Edirne, close to the Greek and Bulgarian borders. Kandilli said there were at least 80 aftershocks. The observatory warned of more aftershocks in the coming days.
“Aid groups were mobilized shortly after the earthquake. They took aid to people in need. Our country is prone to earthquakes. We need to get accustomed to living with earthquakes,” Eroğlu said when speaking to reporters early Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek addressed the Turkish nation in a live TV program and called on everyone to remain calm. “People in that region [around Kütahya] have experienced large-scale earthquakes in the past. For this reason, they are sensitive to quakes. They may get afraid [of quakes] sometimes. We lost two citizens for this reason. As the state, we sent aid groups to the region. Some of our ministers also traveled there.” The Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) sent TL 2 million to the Kütahya Governor’s Office as part of disaster management efforts.
Many residents in Simav spent the rest of the night in their cars or in the streets as authorities cautioned against them re-entering their homes. The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) delivered blankets, tents and food to areas affected. It also set up soup kitchens. Most of Simav was without electricity and telephone lines were down. Officials from the Turkish Red Crescent also said the quake partly collapsed two empty buildings in Simav, along with a five-storey hospital and a mosque. Authorities evacuated the hospital and transferred the injured to other hospitals in the region.
Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which is crossed by several fault lines. Small earthquakes are a near daily occurrence. In March 2010, a 6.0 magnitude quake knocked down houses in five villages in eastern Turkey, killing 51 people. In 2003, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake killed 177 people in the southeastern city of Bingöl, including 84 children whose school dormitory collapsed. In 1999, a magnitude 7.4 quake struck northwestern Turkey as a result of which over 18,000 people died and 48,000 were injured and thousands of people became homeless following the earthquake. All eyes are now on a silver mining and refining facility in Kütahya where an alleged leak from a cyanide pool was reported several days ago. Murat Nurlu, head of the emergency earthquake center at the prime minister’s office, said a team of experts has been dispatched to the mine to conduct an inspection.
The collapse of a tailings dam at the Eti Silver Corporation facility last week led to serious concerns among environmentalists and the general public. Despite official statements that the situation is under control, some environmental groups have remained unconvinced and various dailies have continued to report that the situation in Kütahya poses a serious risk for residents. The earthquake has added to already high concerns and fears in the area.
According to Nurlu, a group of experts was dispatched to the mine as part of a series of security measures, but not because of any imminent risk stemming from the facility. “We do not expect any negative conditions there. We have dispatched the experts to the area for security,” he said.
Eroğlu, however, said measures have already been taken at the site. “There is a major distance between the facility and the epicenter of the quake. We have taken all measures at the facility. There is no risk for the time being. We have checked the situation at the mine after the quake. We have taken all precautions to protect our people. We will make a statement if any risk emerges,” he stated.