Church Responds Following Turkey Earthquake

  • 28 October 2011

On October 23, 2011, a 7.2 magnitude quake struck the city of Van and the town of Ercis, near the Iranian border, in Turkey's Kurdish heartland. An aftershock 6.0 magnitude quake stuck shortly thereafter.

At least 239 people have been killed, and more than 1,000 have been injured. Hundreds more are missing and feared dead, as many residents remain trapped in the rubble.

All missionaries and members in Turkey are safe. There are no Church facilities in the affected area.

Local leaders are in communication with the Turkish government to determine appropriate support.

The Church is working with the Turkish Red Crescent to provide relief supplies to those affected by the disaster. The Church has sent 4,000 blankets to help keep people made homeless after the earthquake warm during the night’s freezing temperatures.