Second Earthquake In A Month Topples The Bayram Hotel In Turkey
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The Bayram Hotel in the city of Van, Turkey, survived last month's 7.2 earthquake with just "some cracks and a damaged elevator," according to a report by AJC. But another quake last night, this one of a lesser magnitude, rocked the city again, bringing down about 25 buildings.
So far, seven have been declared dead, though dozens are still missing. In some cases, the victims were actually journalists who had traveled to the city to report on the wreckage from last month's earthquake, which killed 600. The Bayram Hotel, along with another unnamed hotel, were occupied during last night's quake, and rescue workers are still working to locate guests buried beneath the rubble.
The Turkish news agency Dogan told AJC: "the quake happened as our colleagues were trying to file their stories in the hotel's lobby."
One TripAdvisor review was posted earlier by a man who was actually staying at the hotel last night:
"unfortunately the hotel which were in the age of over than 50 collapsed with about a hundred visitors after 5.7 md aftershock in Eastern Turkey, city Van where were hit 7,3 mw major earthquake in last month.. The recovery work still continues on the hotel wreckage and we need all the prayers of all of you..."
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