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Victims of the quake

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 01:37

Oct. 23 - Up to 1,000 feared killed as earthquake hits Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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STORY: As many as 1,000 people were feared killed on Sunday when a powerful earthquake struck southeast Turkey, destroying dozens of buildings and trapping some victims alive under the debris. As night fell, emergency workers battled to dig people out of the rubble in the city of Van and surrounding districts. Civilians joined in the desperate search, using their bare hands and working under generator-powered floodlights. Turkey's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said the magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck at 1041 GMT and was five km (three miles) deep. A dozen buildings collapsed in Van city, close to the Iranian border, and more were brought to the ground in the nearby district of Ercis, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told reporters. The quake was among the strongest in Turkish history, and the worst since 1999.

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Victims of the quake

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 01:37