Disasters

51 Dead in Turkey Quake

Following the devastation in Haiti and Chile, another earthquake hit, this one rattling six villages in eastern Turkey and killing at least 51 people, officials say. The preliminary magnitude was 6.0. Stone and mud-brick homes collapsed, as did the minarets of mosques. At least 100 were injured. The quake’s center was about 340 miles east of Ankara, and the village of Okcular looked to be the worst hit, with 17 dead and many homes toppled. One resident said the village was flattened: "Everything has been knocked down, there is not a stone in place.” Many people were asleep as the trembling began, and rescue workers are still pulling people from the rubble.