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U.S. Gov’t Workers OK in Turkey

August 17, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ All U.S. government workers in Turkey have been accounted for following a disastrous earthquake, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said today.

``We have no reports yet of any injured Americans but there are a lot of American tourists here,″ Richardson said in a telephone interview with ABC’s ``Good Morning America″ from Istanbul, where he is traveling. ``So far they appear to be safe.″

Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured in the earthquake, which struck at 3 a.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT Monday).

The U.S. government has offered to help, Richardson said. ``We have an emergency response team at the U.S. Embassy working closely with the Turkish government.″ He arranged to meet later in the day with the Turkish energy secretary ``to see how we can help.″

``It was pretty terrifying,″ Richardson told NBC’s ``Today.″ He was sleeping on the 12th floor of a 13-floor building and ``for 45 seconds we were rocked back and forth.″

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