On Sunday, October 23, 2011, an earthquake struck Van province in Turkey. U.S. citizens who need assistance should 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.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said, "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."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "I join President Obama and send my deepest condolences to the people of Turkey in the wake of today's earthquake. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those killed and injured. The United States stands ready to assist in the effort to rescue survivors and we are committed to the people of Turkey as they recover and rebuild."
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., also offered condolences to the Turkish people after the earthquake. Additional information will be provided on the U.S. Consulate in Adana website.