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7.2 Magnitude earthquake jolts Turkey, hundreds feared killed

An earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude jolted the village of Tabanli near Van in eastern Turkey at 1.41 pm on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

No figures are available but about 1,000 are feared killed, thousands were reportedly injured and many buildings were damaged in the quake. Officials said they were still assessing the damage.

“There is serious human and material loss,” said a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Tuekry is prone to earthquakes and more than 18,000 people were killed in a major 1999 quake.

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