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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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LDS Challenge to Give – Help the Tsunami & Earthquake Victims of Japan

Challenge to Give – Japan Disaster Relief
Help Earthquake & Tsunami Victims of Japan

The Gist: to benefit the Japanese disaster victims, LDS Emergency Resources will bribe the LDS world to help raise at least $100,000 – in 4 weeks.

We’ll also be giving away thousands of dollars in prizes: a 16GB Apple iPad, $300 gift certificate to Deseret Book, survival kits galore, and much more!

But first things first…

On March 11, 2011 Japan experienced a catastrophic earthquake which devastated much of the country, leaving thousands dead or seriously injured. The disaster has displaced thousands without food & water, adequate cloths, shelter, etc.

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This is “Challenge to Give – Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Relief”, an experiment to spread the importance of family emergency preparedness and disaster relief worldwide, while focusing on helping the Japanese people.

It’s simple: help others to develop the philanthropic habit and win world-class prizes. The catch? You only have 4 weeks.

It is the first time that anyone can, in five minutes, sign-up as a fundraiser and compete to raise money, becoming better prepared themselves, while winning world-class prizes in the process.

The Challenge

To raise at least $100,000 in 4 weeks.

Launched Oct. 1, 2007, LDS Emergency Resources is the largest online LDS community focused exclusively on family preparedness and disaster relief, and you’re part of it. The countdown is 30 days, and the goal is at least $100,000.

It is your ability to spread the word, not the size of your bank account, that is most important.

How it Works

There are 3 ways to participate:

  1. Donate
  2. Join the Challenge to Give Fundraiser
  3. Spread the Word

All those who even participate in any of the ways above will automatically get:

-6 Month Subscription to Gospel Link for free (Normal Price: $25). One-Click search of the entire Deseret Book On-line Library,,, CES and More. This exclusive digital library contains thousands of LDS books, documents, talks, audio, and much more.

That’s right, donate or help raise even $1 and you will receive the prize 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. (2 minutes)

Step 2: Donate to specific projects – many of which require less than $50 – and even get thank you letters from the people you impact! (2 minutes)

Or, to compete for prizes with larger sums:

Step 2: Create a personal Challenge to Give donation page, which you then show to others. (5 minutes) . create a page here (here is a sample effective page you can copy and past from to save time).

Step 3: Spread the word and you could win unreal prizes like a $300 Gift Certificate to Deseret Book, an LDS Deluxe 2-Person Survival Kit, artwork from world-famous LDS artists, and much more! (5 minutes+)

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

Would you Like to Make a Larger Donation?

If you’d like to make a larger donation to help those in need, please donate directly at Our Donation Page

Just specify in the “Comments” section that you are a part of the Challenge to Give – Japan Disaster Relief Program. You can also mail checks directly, by contacting us.

Please include a note or specify in the memo that you are part of the Challenge to Give – Japan Disaster Relief program.

Join our Fundraiser Program

A second and more exciting way to help raise money for the disaster relief efforts is to join our Challenge to Give Fundraiser Program. We think that this will really get things moving.

Until April 11, 2011 5:00pm PST, Twenty percent (20%) of each sale generated by you or your organization will be donated to the Challenge to Give – Japan Disaster Relief program. This will help thousands of victims affected by this disaster.

For example, let’s say that because of your efforts 100 people decide to fully update their family’s emergency preparedness reserves by purchasing supplies from our online store. If each person purchases only $100 worth of preparedness supplies, that means $20 (20%) from each purchase will immediately be donated directly to the challenge (that’s a total of $1,000). If only 50 Wards caught this vision and raise only $2,000 each, we will reach our goal of $100,000.

At the end of the competition, the people who helped raise the most money will claim the prizes. Be creative. Deadline for final sale is 4/11/2011 at 5:00pm PST.

Just a Few Easy Steps to Participate

  1. Register your organization with us – individuals should join too!
  2. Following registration, our media kit will be emailed to you. You will receive a special “promo-code” to give others who wish to purchase preparedness supplies online in order to contribute to your specific fundraiser.
  3. Begin distributing materials to help promote your fundraiser! Tell and Email your family, friends, relatives, ward members, Bishop, Stake President – anyone who you think may need preparedness supplies or would like to donate to this great cause.

This is a great opportunity for families who have been meaning to get prepared themselves while also helping others during this time of need.

Prizes for Top Fundraisers:

Top Fundraiser: an Apple iPad 2 – Fully equipped with 16GB of power. (Normal Price: $500)

Second-Place Fundraiser: a LDS Deluxe 2-Person Emergency Kit (Normal Price: $90) -AND- an exceptional piece of world-class artwork from (Normal Price: $400)

Top 10 Fundraisers: LDS Essentials Survival Kit (Normal Price: $50)


a $50 Gift Certificate for Deseret Book

Spread the Word – A Call for Action

There will also be a simultaneous contest going on for those who would also like to spread the word about this challenge. Don’t worry, we have something for you too.

Just do the best you can (tell your Bishop, Stake President, ward members, Facebook buddies, blog, e-mail friends & family members, FriendFeed, 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 or phone call. You will be provided with full details about how to spread the word after you sign up. Bonus points go to people who act sooner vs. later.
Deadline is 4/11/2011 at 5:00pm PST.

If you’re able, I suggest you use a service like to get a unique URL for this post so you can track clicks on your individual link as you promote it. Click-throughs are more important than “exposure”. Here are a few links you can use: (shortened URL for this post)

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

“Help Raise $100,000 in 4 Weeks for Japan – LDS Challenge to Give:”

Just get them to this post using curiosity and let the post do the convincing.

Prizes for Top Referrers:

Top Referrer: $300 Gift Certificate for Deseret Book

Second-Place Referrer: a 6 Month Membership to for free (Normal Price: $150).


a 6 Month Subscription to OneGreatFamily for free (Normal Price: $150.00). OneGreatFamily is a cooperative effort between you and the rest of the world. It is an online genealogical service which allows everyone to combine their knowledge and data to build one huge, shared database. OneGreatFamily is more than a simple collection of different family trees. Using breakthrough technology, OneGreatFamily is actually linking all of the family trees together into one great family.

How is $100,000 in 4 weeks possible? 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 $1 million 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 jump in? A few minutes of your time could change the world and get you experiences money can’t buy. Check out the sign-up page here!

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