An earthquake rattled this southern city on Saturday, killing at least 104 people and injuring about 1,000, including several Americans at a military base, officials said.
Among those killed in the magnitude 6.2 quake were 37 people who lived in the slums of Adana, a city of 1 million, said Deputy Gov. Ardahan Totuk. At least 30 people were reported dead in the nearby town of Ceyhan, site of an oil terminal, the Anatolia news agency said.It was not clear whether the oil pipeline linking Iraq to Turkey had suffered any damage.
Totuk said 104 people had been reported killed. The number of injured had reached about 1,000, said Gov. Oguz Koksal.
According to an announcement from the headquarters of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, 25 people at Incirlik air base sustained minor injuries. The announcement did not say how many were U.S. nationals.
But a U.S. Embassy spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that a dozen U.S. citizens were lightly injured by falling objects.
The brief U.S. statement also said the earthquake caused substantial structural and electrical damage to buildings on base. Because the phone lines were knocked out in the quake, it was impossible to call the base directly for further details.
The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, rattled the neighboring provinces of Mersin, Nigde and Kayseri, as well as the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.