An earthquake of 5.7 struck eastern Turkey, killing at least seven people, ten days after the one that killed more than 600 deaths in the region, authorities said on Thursday. Rescuers managed to pull 25 people from the rubble of three buildings collapsed, including a hotel where journalists were staying and foreign aid.
This earthquake caused the collapse of 25 buildings in Van, said Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay. But the record could have been much heavier: 22 of 25 buildings were empty since evacuated after the earthquake of October 23.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.7, with an epicenter located 16 km south of Van. It occurred at 9:23 p.m. local time (7:23 p.m. GMT).
About 1,400 aftershocks have rocked the region since the massive earthquake on Oct. 23, which killed more than 600 and left thousands homeless.
At least 2,000 buildings were destroyed in the stronger temblor and authorities declared another 3,700 buildings unfit for living.