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Incredible: 2-Week Old Baby and Mother Pulled Alive From Earthquake Rubble in Turkey

ERCIS, Turkey– Rescuers have freed a woman hours after they also pulled out her 2-week-old baby girl alive from the rubble of an apartment building.

Television footage on Tuesday showed rescue workers carrying Semiha Karaduman out of the wreckage on a stretcher and moving her to an ambulance. The infant was pulled from the debris earlier.

Officials say the death toll in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey on Sunday is now 370. More than 2,000 buildings have collapsed.

Rescuers in two cities in eastern Turkey are struggling to pull out survivors from the wreckage

Rescuers in two cities, Ercis and Van, are still struggling to pull out people trapped trapping people inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. Authorities have warned survivors not to enter damaged buildings and thousands of people spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes. Some 1,300 people were injured.

Dogan news agency said rescuers had pulled five people out of the rubble alive in the early hours of Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered.

In the hardest-hit city of Ercis, 9-year-old Oguz Isler was trapped for eight hours beneath the rubble of a relative’s home. He was finally rescued, but on Tuesday he was waiting at the foot of the same pile of debris for news of his parents and of other relatives who remain buried inside.

The boy waited calmly in front of what was left of the five-story apartment block that used to be his aunt’s home. The city of 75,000, close to the Iranian border, lies in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones.

Turkish rescue workers in bright orange jumpsuits and Azerbaijani military rescuers in camouflage uniforms searched through the debris, using excavators, picks and shovels to look for Isler’s mother and father and other relatives still inside.

Dogs sniffed for possible survivors in gaps that opened up as their work progressed.

“They should send more people,” Isler said as he and other family members watched the rescuers. An elder cousin comforted him.

Mehmet Ali Hekimoglu, a medic, said the dogs indicated that there were three or four people inside the building, but it was not known if they were alive.

The boy, his sister and a cousin were trapped in the building’s third-floor stairway as they tried to escape when the quake hit. A steel door fell over him.

“I fell on the ground face down. When I tried to move my head, it hit the door,” he said. “I tried to get out and was able to open a gap with my fists in the wall but could not move my body further. The wall crumbled quickly when I hit it.”

“We started shouting: ‘Help! We’re here,”‘ he said. “They found us a few hours later, they took me out about 8 1/2 hours later. … I was OK but felt very bad, lonely. … I still have a headache, but the doctor said I was fine.”

Isler’s 16-year-old sister, Ela, and 12-year-old cousin, Irem were also saved.

“They took me out last because I was in good shape and the door was protecting me. I was hearing stones falling on it,” said Isler.

The government’s response to the quake appeared to be well-coordinated because of the country’s vast experience in dealing with killer quakes and their aftermaths. Hundreds of rescue teams from throughout Turkey rushed to the area, racing to find survivors, while Turkish Red Crescent dispatched tents, blankets and soup kitchens.

However, there was still no power and running water in Ercis. Firefighter trucks carried tons of water while giant generators were sent in on trucks.

Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.

Istanbul, the country’s largest city with more than 12 million people, lies in northwestern Turkey near a major fault line, and experts say tens of thousands could be killed if a major quake struck there.

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7.2 Earthquake in Turkey – Devestates City and Topples Buildings

Cries of panic and horror filled the air as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 85 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into mounds of rubble.

Tens of thousands fled into the streets running, screaming or trying to reach relatives on cell phones as apartment and office buildings cracked or collapsed. As the full extent of the damage became clear, survivors dug in with shovels or even their bare hands, desperately trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.

“My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!” CNN-Turk television showed one young man sobbing outside a collapsed building in Van, the provincial capital.

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Create a Ward Facebook Page, Get a Free Emergency Kit & Save Japan

Helping Japan – One Facebook Page at a Time. 100% of Proceeds will go to Japanese Disaster Victims

How do you prepare for disaster? 9 out of 10 families would not be prepared if a major disaster were to hit the U.S. Chances are that most people would simply not know what to do, how to survive, or how to help others. We can all learn from the tragedy that has struck Japan.

Today, Japanese authorities raised the disaster severity to its highest level yet and said that the disaster is on par with catastrophe caused by the Chernobyl disaster.

If you are looking to help, it has never been as important as now.

Our Goal is to raise $100,000 for the Japanese disaster relief efforts. We can do this if everyone participates. You will be surprised at how quickly you can help raise this money – if you spread the word to get a large number of people are involved.

During this fundraiser, we will contribute all profits made (that’s right, 100%) from purchases through our LDS Preparedness Store. This means that 100% of the profits that would usually be made from selling our products, will instead be donated to the Japanese disaster victims via the American Red Cross. Each purchase made will generate a donation of, on average $30-$100, depending on the size of the order. The larger your order, the larger the donation.

Each day we will deposit the money raised into a fund for the Japanese Relief Efforts that you can watch grow. Track and follow the progress here here.

There are 3 Ways to Participate:

  1. Donate
  2. Create a Ward or Stake Facebook Page
  3. Spread the Word

All those who participate in this fundraiser will automatically get:

-All of the (12) Do-1-Thing worksheets
-The LDS Emergency Family Planning Guide


-Your choice of a Free:
48 Piece Emergency Kit, 3-LED Squeeze Flashlight, 16-Function Swiss Army Knife

That’s right, register and create a Ward Facebook page and you will receive all of the above as a thank your for your efforts.

Donate Directly

Step 1: Decide that you would like to help the earthquake & Tsunami victims in Japan and Donate Directly. (2 minutes)

Or, to help spread the word and receive a free emergency kit or 16-Function Swiss Army Knife

Step 2: Create a Preparedness Facebook page, which you then show to others. (5-10 minutes) . Create a page here (here is a sample effective page you can copy and paste from to save time).

Step 3: Spread the word and you could get a $200 Gift Certificate to Deseret Book, an LDS Deluxe 2-Person Survival Kit and more. (5 minutes+)

Each donation will go toward helping the Tsunami & Earthquake victims that have been affected by this disaster across Japan

Create a Ward or Stake Preparedness Facebook Page

The second and more exciting way to help raise money for the disaster relief efforts is to create a Facebook Page . For example, this could be a preparedness page dedicated to your Ward, Stake, or any other organization. It can also simply be an awareness page. Whatever theme you decide for your page, make sure to ad pictures and information so that others know what it is for (grab photos and info from our page) – and make sure to add a link of this blog post on your page.

Until April 31, 2011 5:00pm PST, One hundred percent (100%) of the profits generated by you or your organization’s Facebook page will be donated to the Japanese Disaster Relief Efforts via the American Red Cross.

This will help thousands of victims affected by the disaster.

For example, let’s say that only a 100 people decide to build a Facebook page and participate. Then let’s say that by suggesting the page to their friends, each of their pages get a total of a 100 Facebook fans. If only 10% of their fans (10 people) purchase something from our store, we would already raise over $50,000. If only a handful of members catch the vision of this fundraiser and share it with all of their Ward friends, we will easily reach our goal of $100,000.

At the end of the fundraiser, those who generated the biggest Facebook buzz will also win some great prizes as a thank you for their efforts. Be creative.

Just a Few Easy Steps to Participate

  1. Register with us. Just for creating a page, we will send you a free emergency preparedness kit!
  2. Following registration, create a Facebook page. Create the page for your Ward, Stake, awareness, or emergency preparedness. Remember – add pictures, information, and your store link to this blog post.
  3. Connect the Ecwid App to your page (to instantly create a preparedness store). Use the Ecwid Store ID: 91387
  4. Once the App is setup, Suggest the New Page to your friends.

That’s all. The profits of anything that your friends purchase from the store on your page will be donated to this great cause.

Once your page has been made, paste a link to it in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word.

Spread the Word – Tell Everyone You Know

There will also be a simultaneous challenge going on for those who would also like to spread the word about this unique fundraiser. The more Facebook fans you get to follow your page, the more money you help raise, the more you are rewarded. It’s that simple.

Most importantly, suggest and share your new preparedness page with others and explain to them what the page is about. Do the best you can to Tweet about it, tell your Bishop, Stake President, Ward friends, Facebook buddies, post on your blog, e-mail friends & family members, add to your e-mail signature, tell local media, etc.) and detail what you did in the comments below (on this post) to show others how to spread the word.

Tell your friends who are members of the church and encourage them to do the same – all it takes is a simple email. Bonus points go to people who act sooner vs. later.
Deadline is 4/31/2011 at 5:00pm PST.

Not sure of what to say? Here’s the simple version for Facebook status and other channels:

“Help Raise $100,000 for Japan –”

Just tell them to become a fan on your new Facebook page to help disaster victims. Most people would like to help and be part of a great cause.

Lastly, to show appreciation for those who worked extra hard, we will be giving away a few prizes.

Prizes for getting Fans on your Ward Facebook Page:

Facebook Page with the Most Fans*: $200 Gift Certificate to Deseret Book, 2-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

Facebook Pages with 1000 or more Fans: 2-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

Facebook Pages with 100 or more Fans: a 6 Month Membership to 1-Person Deluxe Emergency Kit, 2-Year Subscription to LDS Living Magazine + Apron

*To receive your prizes make sure to post your FB Page link in the “Comments” section of this blog post and leave others feedback with suggestions for spreading the word.

How Can we Raise $100,000? Isn’t that ridiculous?

It’s entirely possible. Most fundraising fails because it’s not ambitious enough to excite people. Here are a few ways we can get to $100,000 and then surpass it:

50 people (or wards, friends, etc.) each help raise $2,000
100 people (or wards, friends, etc.) each help raise $1,000
1,000 people donate or help raise $100 each

It can be done.

Ready to start making your Ward Facebook page? A few minutes of your time could change the world and get you better prepared at the same time.

Sign-up and Get Started!

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