Mar 8, 2010 9:36 AM by Associated Press

Deadly earthquake shakes eastern Turkey

A strong earthquake knocked down houses and the minarets of mosques as it devastated several small villages in eastern Turkey, killing dozens of people and injuring scores.

Officials say the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit in the early morning as many people slept. The government says the quake was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.1.

A Turkish official says emergency workers are trying to rescue four people from debris, while CNN-Turk television said the dead included four young sisters trapped in the rubble.

Officials say a village near the epicenter "is totally flattened."

Some of the injuries occurred during the panic, when people jumped from windows or balconies.



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