Turkey earthquake kills dozens

Village of Okcular ‘totally flattened,’ administrator says

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey early Monday morning, killing at least 51 people.

The quake rumbled through villages in Elazig province, about 550 kilometres east of the capital Ankara, reducing stone and mud-brick homes to rubble.

Local officials had put the death toll as high as 57 Monday morning, but later lowered the confirmed death toll to 51. The toll is expected to rise as rescue workers search for survivors in the ruined buildings.

The earthquake hit at 4:32 a.m. local time as many people were sleeping. Panicked survivors fled into narrow village streets, some climbing out of windows, as more than 50 aftershocks measuring up to 5.5 magnitude rattled the region.

Complete article at cbc.ca/world/story/2010/03/07/turkey-quake.html

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