A Powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck eastern Turkey Sunday morning at 10:41 UTC collapsing as many as 90 buildings. Widespread panic sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing into the streets. At least 85 casualties, and many injuries are reported so far. Turkish scientists are estimating the death toll between 500 and 1,000.
Survivors tried to reach relatives by cell phone. Many desperate to save those trapped, and injured dug into the rubble with their bare hands.
Van's airport was damaged, and air traffic diverted to neighboring cities.