At least 534 people were killed and about 2300 were injured after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a news conference early Monday (10/24). The death toll was expected to rise, perhaps significantly, with many people reported to be stuck beneath dozens of collapsed buildings.

The earthquake, measured at a magnitude of 7.2 by the Turkish seismic institute, occurred in the early afternoon on Sunday in Van Province, not far from the border with Iran. It was centered near the city of Van and the nearby town of Ercis, and it was felt strongly in nearby villages and some parts of northern Iraq, the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency ( reported.

We are in deep grieve as The Turkish-American Community with this earthquake and our prayers will be with the people who were affected by this catastrophe.

Turkish American Society of Michigan has set up a Relief Fund for those who would want to join in extending help to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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