Tuesday, August 17, 1999 Published at 06:44 GMT 07:44 UK
Earthquake rocks Turkey
Buildings have been flattened in several cities
Turkish rescue workers are searching the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake hit the densely populated north-west of the country early on Tuesday morning.
The quake struck at 0302 local time (0002 GMT). As daylight breaks, the full extent of the damage caused is becoming apparent.
Turkish State Minister Hasan Gemici said; "According to information which has reached us, the death toll is now more than 100."
Multi-storeyed residential buildings have collapsed in Izmit, the city closest to the epicentre, and many people are believed to be trapped inside.
The shock was also felt in Istanbul, some 100km (65 miles) to the west of Izmit.
One resident in Istanbul e-mailed BBC News Online from the 18th floor of his office buliding. He said: "The most nervewracking part has been the aftershocks - at least 30 so far, some fairly strong.
"I keep my fingers crossed - and think of those in Izmit."
Television pictures from the area show dazed and bleeding people being rescued from the rubble.
Many residents rushed from their homes after the first quake and have stayed in the open fearing further aftershocks.
State radio said vehicles on the main highway linking Istanbul and Ankara slammed into each other during the earthquake.
Last year, a slightly less powerful earthquake killed more than 140 people and injured more than 1,500 near the southern city of Adana.