- REUTERS - Survivors react as the rescue workers try to save people trapped under debris after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van October 23, 2011. The office of Turkish Prime …more Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that an earthquake near the southeastern city of Van on Sunday had caused loss of life and damage to property, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported. It gave no numbers for the death toll. The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.6, Turkey's Kandilli Observatory and Research Institute said. REUTERS/Abdurrahman Antakyali/Anadolu Agency
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The deputy prime minister says around 45 buildings have collapsed in the town of Ercis and the city of Van. Ercis sits on a geological fault line.
"We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000," Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandilli observatory, told a televised news conference Sunday.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main seismography center says the 7.2-magnitude quake that hit the east of the country could have killed up to 1,000 people.The Kandilli observatory's estimate is based on the strength of the quake and the structure of the housing in the area.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The deputy prime minister says the earthquake in eastern Turkey has collapsed around 45 buildings.
Besir Atalay says the quake collapsed some 25-30 buildings as well as a dormitory in the eastern town of Ercis in Van province. He says 10 buildings fell in the city of Van.
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