Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 18:50 GMT
Turkey quake toll rises
The quake was the second in as many days
The death toll is rising as north-western Turkey reels in the wake of a second earthquake in two days.
The casualty figures are expected to increase as an unknown number of people are trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
"We are face-to-face with a new disaster," said Turkish President Suleyman Demirel.
The tremor measured 7.2 on Richter scale, the Kandilli Seismic Institute in Istanbul said, revising upwards an earlier estimate of 6.5.
Local people said some 30 buildings had collapsed.
The quake also set off explosions in the province of Bolu.
It was followed by five aftershocks measuring more than five on the Richter scale, according to the Kandilli Seismic Institute in Istanbul.
Reports said casualties in Duzce had to be treated in the garden of the local hospital, as the building had to be evacuated because it was unsafe.
A makeshift operating theatre was set up with lighting provided by a generator.
Hundreds of people gathered in Duzce's park, huddling around makeshift fires as temperatures fell to 3 C by the early morning.
He said the road to Istanbul was severed during the quake and called for urgent medical aid from the capital, Ankara.
The tremor, which was felt across western Anatolia, came just a day after one person was killed and 171 injured by a quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale.
Thursday's tremor was centered on the town of Sapanca in Sakarya province which is still recovering from the massive quake on 17 August that killed at least 17,000 people.
Rescue teams from abroad were preparing to travel to Turkey early on Saturday to help in the search for survivors.
The latest earthquakes come as the city of Istanbul prepares to host next week's summit of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
US President Bill Clinton and his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin are expected to attend.
Turkish President Suleyman Demirel said he did not think the summit would be postponed.