Quake Hits Turkey as Haiti, Chile Cont. Recovery

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Another major earthquake hit Monday in Turkey killing at least 51 people, according to the government.

It is the third significant quake in the last two months following the disasters in Haiti and Chile.

The earthquake struck eastern Turkey with a preliminary magnitude of 6 at 4:32 a.m. in the morning. The temblor was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, including one measuring 5.5.

Officials say a village near the epicenter "is totally flattened." "Everything has been knocked down, there is not a stone in place," said Yadin Apaydin, administrator for the village of Yukari Kanatli.

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U.S. Begins Withdrawal from Haiti

While rescue workers begin their search for survivors in Turkey, U.S. troops are beginning to withdraw from Haiti, where a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated country back on January 12.

Military leaders say their departure is not a sign of a weaker commitment to Haiti, only a change in the nature of the operation.

Meanwhile, some wonder if United Nations peacekeepers and local police are up to the task of keeping order, as the capital of Port-au-Prince remains in ruins and vulnerable to unrest.

"Soon we are going to have no security here, and that's the most important thing, is the U.S. presence in Haiti," Nurse Alison Thompson said. "It's going to be shocking when they leave, just security for a start, on top of everything else."

There are currently about 11,000 troops with more than half of them on ships just off Haiti's coast. That's down from a peak of around 20,000 on February 1.

U.S. Delivers Aid to Chile

Meanwhile, one week after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South American country of Chile, U.S. Air Force C-130's taxi assistance from the U.S. arrived, including two C-130 transport planes.

"Right now they only have three C-130s of their own," explained Paul Simons, U.S. ambassador to Chile. "This will almost double the capacity of Chile to get urgently needed supplies right down into the affected zones."

Despite some early criticism of government response, recovery efforts are now well underway and -- according to foreign observers - extremely well-organized.

Some disaster veterans say Chile's response has been remarkable, largely avoiding bureaucratic infighting and quickly patching up the international airport and main north-south highway to keep aid flowing.

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