A powerful earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, and even as rescuers hunt for survivors, the death toll has climbed into the hundreds.
On hearing the news, President Obama issued the following statement:
We have been following reports of the earthquake in Turkey's eastern province of Van with great concern. On behalf of the American people, I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women who are working to bring assistance to this stricken region. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish ally in this difficult time, and are ready to assist the Turkish authorities.
The State Department is advising U.S. citizens who need assistance to contact Turkish Authorities or the U.S. Consulate in Adana, which is located at Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana, Turkey. The consulate's telephone number is (90)(322) 346-6262; fax is (90)(322) 346-7916.
Look for more updates on the U.S. Consulate in Adana website.