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'Many killed' as Turkey hit by 7.2 magnitude quake

7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Turkey, killing at least 45 people in one town alone as buildings collapsed, Turkish media say.

The quake struck near the city of Van, where Anatolia news agency said at least 50 people were injured.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said there had been damage and deaths in Van but gave no firm figure.

Turkey is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes because it sits on major geological fault lines.

Two earthquakes in 1999 with a magnitude of more than 7 killed almost 20,000 people in densely populated parts of the north-west of the country.

'We need medics'

The earthquake struck at 10:41 GMT (13:41 local time) with its epicentre 16km (10 miles) north-east of Van, the US Geological Survey said.

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The most intereting thing about this earthquake is that scientists knew it was coming. Turkey lies on a fault line, I dont remember what the name is, but it came our on the Discovery Channel some weeks ago. Yes, some weeks ago. And the latest news is that they do not want International Aid from anybody. Not even from Israel.

Hmmm, makes you wonder what they are hiding. :bouncing:

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