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Powerful earthquake shakes eastern Turkey, killing up to 1,000 people.

10/23/2011 - ANKARA (Turkey) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck eastern Turkey Sunday, collapsing some buildings and causing a number of deaths, officials said. At least 50 people were injured. The temblor struck eastern Van province at 6:41 a.m. ET, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It caused widespread panic throughout the province as well as neighboring cities.
"The quake was strongly felt in Van and neighboring towns, and caused damage and deaths based on initial assessments," the prime minister's office said. The earthquake toppled some buildings in downtown Van as well as the neighboring town of Ercis, officials said. Several strong aftershocks also were reported. AP - BREAKING 09.50 NY Time: Scientists estimate Turkey quake could kill up to 1,000 people. 
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