• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 1,700 ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED IN AN EARTHQUAKE WHICH SHOOK WESTERN TURKEY ON SATURDAY (MARCH 28).

  • Description

    AT LEAST 1,700 ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED IN AN EARTHQUAKE WHICH SHOOK WESTERN TURKEY ON SATURDAY (MARCH 28). A GOVERNMENT REPORT ADDED THAT OVER 4,000 WERE INJURED.

    A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN WAS THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER TO REACH THE TOWN OF GEDIZ-CENTRE OF THE 48-SECOND TREMOR-WHICH WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED. GEDIZ-POPULATION 10,000-WAS HIT BY A SHOCKWAVE OF FORCE NINE ON THE RICHTER SCALE, ONE OF THE HIGHEST EVER RECORDED AND EQUIVALENT TO 140 MILLION TONS OF T.N.T.

    IN AKCAALAN, THE RUINS OF 400 HOUSES, WHERE 2,500 PEOPLE LIVED UNTIL THE TREMOR RAZED THE VILLAGE, WERE STILL BURNING WHEN TURKISH PRIME MINISTER SULEYMAN DEMIRAL FLEW IN TO INSPECT THE DAMAGE.

    THE FIRST TREMOR, AT 11.06 P.M. LOCAL TIME, VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT GEDIZ, SITUATED 150 MILES SOUTH OF ISTANBUL. ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF ITS BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED OR HEAVILY DAMAGED AND NOT A SINGLE HOUSE COULD BE INHABITED. MOST OF THE VICTIMS WERE KILLED WHILE THEY WERE ASLEEP. PANIC-STRICKEN RESIDENT RAN INTO THE DUST-FILLED STREETS. THE SHOCK WAVE WRECKED THE LOCAL POWER STATION, STARTING FIRES WHICH SPREAD QUICKLY THROUGH THE TOWN. MANY PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED INSIDE BLAZING WOODEN HOUSES. LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAID THE FIRES KILLED MORE PEOPLE THAN THE EARTHQUAKE.

    GEDIZ WAS THE BIGGEST TOWN TO SUFFER, AND IT WAS THE WORST AFFECTED. BUT FROM SURROUNDING VILLAGES-LIKE AKCAALAN-CAME SIMILAR STORIES OF TRAGEDY: WHOLE FAMILIES KILLED; HOTEL GUESTS BURIED; HALF THE NEW AT A MEETING DEAD.

    PRIME MINISTER DEMIREL AND A PARTY OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TOURED THE DISASTER AREA TO ASSESS THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE AND SUPERVISE RELIEF OPERATION. MR. DEMIREL PLEDGED THAT GEDIZ WOULD BE REBUILT.

    IN THE SHATTERED AND SMOULDERING RUINS OF THE MARKET TOWN THE SEARCH FOR BODIES CONTINUED. FAINT CRIES COULD STILL BE HEAD FROM BENEATH PILES OF RUBBLE. BUT STRONG, BITTER WINDS AND RAIN MADE CONDITIONS DIFFICULT FOR RESCUERS. BULLDOZERS WERE THE ONLY AVAILABLE MEANS OF DEALING WITH FIRES DURING THE INITIAL RELIEF OPERATIONS. THE SURVIVORS ALSO RACE A HEALTH HAZARD. URGENT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PROTECT THEM AGAINST PLAGUE AND OTHER DISEASES.

    MEANWHILE FEARS ARE BEING EXPRESSED FOR THE SAFETY OF MINERS WHO WERE WORKING UNDERGROUND. THERE ARE FIVE MINES IN THE REGION.

    THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT HAS RUSHED TROOPS AND SUPPLIES TO THE STRICKEN AREA, INCLUDING ABOUT 80,000 TENTS FOR THE HOMELESS. RELIEF IS ALSO POURING INTO THE COUNTRY FROM OVERSEAS, AND THE LEAGUE OF RED CROSS SOCIETIES APPEALED FOR AMBULANCES, LORRIES, TENTS, BLANKETS AND FOOD TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING.

    THE TREMOR OCCURRED EXACTLY ONE YEAR TO THE DAY AFTER THE LAST MAJOR DISASTER IN THE AREA-ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST EARTHQUAKE REGIONS. ON MARCH 28 LAST YEAR, 53 PEOPLE DIED IN A SERIES OF TREMORS WHICH DESTROYED 2,000 HOUSES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36R71GDQ6Y2T1G1EERAYLEIL6
    Media URN:
    VLVA36R71GDQ6Y2T1G1EERAYLEIL6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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