Security cameras in the Turkish city of Van have captured the dramatic moments when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday. At least 17 people were killed as two hotels collapsed, and 28 have been pulled from the rubble alive.
Relatives of missing people remained at the scene throughout the night despite cold weather, as rescuers from nearby cities provided hot drinks, AP reports.
“We are not receiving any proof that there are still people alive following the latest listening, but we are still working as if there are survivors underneath the wreckage,” AP quoted senior disaster management official Aksit Dayi as saying. “We are working with the layer removal system and have now reached the third floor.”
Turkish authorities are planning to finish rescue work by the end of today.
As the tremor hit, lights went off and CCTV footage shows people running from buildings, as gigantic clouds of smoke covered the street.
The same Turkish province suffered another deadly earthquake last month, that killed more than 600 people.