6.0 Quake Hits Eastern Turkey Killing Dozens

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A powerful earthquake struck eastern turkey on Monday leaving at least 51 people dead and toppling homes in at least six villages in Elazig province.

The 6.0 temblor hit at 4:32 a.m. (0232 GMT, 9 p.m. EST Sunday) in the morning about 340 miles (550 kilometers) from Ankara and was followed by more than 30 aftershocks. According to the Kandilli seismology center, the strongest aftershocks measured at a magnitude of 5.5 and 5.1

The worst damage occurred in rural villages where poorly built homes collapsed on sleeping families.

"Everything has been knocked down, there is not a stone in place," said Yadin Apaydin, administrator for the village of Yukari Kanatli.

Early reports indicated at least 100 people have been injured and rescue workers are still searching for survivors.

"According to the information that we got from the technical teams on the ground, there shouldn't be anyone left in the rubble by now," the deputy governor of Elazig, Mehmet Ali Saglam, told CNN. "But the search and rescue operations are continuing."

It's not the first time Turkey has been pummeled by an earthquake. A 5.7 magnitude quake shook the country in 2007 and 83 children lost their lives in 2003 when a 6.4 temblor collapsed a school dormitory in the neighboring province of Bingol.

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