New powerful and dangerous aftershock creates panic in Van and Ercis, Eastern Turkey

Earthquake overview :  On 17:55 on October 25,2011 ,  a powerful 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the already severely damaged Van - Ercis area.
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To read the full story as it happened, we advise our readers to start at the lower part of the page (earthquake data).

Read also : Comparing the current impact of the "Van" Earthquake to past earthquakes in Eastern Turkey

We are considering this article as part of the mainshock which occurred on Sunday.  This article has been composed in a separate post because of the specific data connected to it.


Shaking map of the M 5.7 Van Ercis aftershock - image courtesy USGS

Update : At least one building collapsed because of this new aftershock

Update : The Search and rescue operations have been suspended for a while because of the safety of the SAR personnel

Update :   People in Van panicked seriously with this new jolt

Update :  Due to the constant aftershocks, people are trying to avoid being at the inside of houses and buildings. They know very well that very powerful aftershocks are part of a major earthquake.

Update : 70,000 people will have experienced a strong MMI VI shaking

Update : Data from the other seismological agencies :
EMSC :  5.5 @ 10 km
GFZ :  5.5 @ 10 km
AFAD : 5.5 @ 18.28 km
The impact of this aftershock maybe a little weaker because all the other agencies are measuring a 5.5 magnitude.

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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :  5.7 (Mw)
UTC Time : Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 14:55:07 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 05:55:07 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 7.3 km
Geo-location(s) :
37 km (22 miles) NNE of Van, Turkey (USGS)
49 km NE Van (pop 371,713) - EMSC
34 km SE Ercis (pop 91,915) - EMSC

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USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area.
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Shaking map
Focal mechanism report
Human impact map
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  1. To all the people who suffering right now after this new heavy shockwaves, I'll hope some spiritual help comes your way now.
    This is'nt fair anymore - that's the way I'm feeling about this power of nature that has came into your lifes.

    I will pray for you all that help is underway.
    Keep strong and feel the love and strength from everyone arround the world who's thaughts are with you all.

    My sympathy goes out to everyone that is suffering.