23 Oct '11, 12pm

Pictures: At least 138 killed, 350 injured after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Turkey

Pictures: At least 138 killed, 350 injured after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Turkey

People try to save people trapped under debris in Tabanli village near the city of Van after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey Sunday Oct. 23, 2011, collapsing some buildings and causing a number of deaths, an official said. -- PHOTO: AP ANKARA (AFP) - An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, with a seismological institute estimating up to 1,000 people could lie dead under the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. The powerful quake, the strongest to hit the country in years, and its aftershocks struck Van, a large eastern city populated mainly by Kurds. '500 to 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the quake,' Professor Mustafa Erdik, director of the Kandilli seismological institute in Istanbul, told a news conference. Earlier reports did not speak of casualties but many were feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buil...

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