24 October 2011
Last updated at 12:48
A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit south-eastern Turkey on Sunday afternoon, killing at least 265 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.
Frantic efforts to rescue people trapped beneath collapsed buildings continued into the night.
Many people were believed to be trapped. Worst hit was the town of Ercis, near the earthquake's epicentre in the province of Van, where many buildings collapsed.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right), who has been visiting the affected area, said that villages close to Van were the worst affected as most buildings there were made of clay bricks.
Turkey's seismological institute estimated that 1,000 buildings had been damaged and that between 500 and 1,000 people could have been killed.
The village of Tabanli, north of Van - where this man was rescued - was at the earthquake's epicentre. Many strong aftershocks have rocked the region.
A 13-year-old survivor, Yunus, is pulled from under a collapsed building in Ercis by rescuers.
Turkey sits on major geological fault lines, making it vulnerable to earthquakes.
The earthquake sent thousands of people in Van and other nearby towns and villages into the streets in panic.
Tens of thousands slept outside in freezing conditions, fearing further destructive tremors.
Hundreds of injured people have been taken to hospitals in Van, Ercis and other towns in the region, close to Turkey's border with Iran.
Many of the buildings destroyed were blocks of flats. Local officials have appealed for tents and supplies to look after those made homeless by the disaster.
Many of those who survived have reacted with shock. The Turkish Red Crescent sent additional rescue teams to the area, but those with missing friends or relatives are waiting anxiously for news.