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7.6 magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Turkey

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7.6 magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Turkey


A powerful earthquake has hit the city of Van in the eastern part of Turkey, causing masonry to fall, injuries and deaths.
Emergency services are trying to rescue people trapped in buildings.
Over fifty injured people were taken to hospital but it’s unclear how serious their injuries were.
The Turkish Kandilli Observatory estimated between 500 and 1000 people are dead but this toll is still unconfirmed.
The 7.6 magnitude quake rocked the city close to the Iranian border.
Turkish media said phone lines and electricity had been cut during the quake.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heading to the epicentre to see the extent of the damage. 
Major geological faultlines cross Turkey and small earthquakes are a near daily occurrence.
In May this year two people were killed and 79 injured when an earthquake shook Simav in northwest Turkey.

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