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At Least 85 Dead, Thousands Missing in Turkey Earthquake 

Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)(ISTANBUL, Turkey) -- At least 85 people are dead after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook eastern Turkey Sunday afternoon, authorities report.

About 45 buildings collapsed, according to the deputy prime minister Besir Atalay.

The worst damage was reported in the town of Ercis in the mountainous eastern province of Van, close to the Iranian border, where nearly 600,000 people live.

The city of Van also suffered substantial damage.

"Around 10 buildings have collapsed in the city of Van and around 25 or 30 have collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory," Atalay said.

As many as a thousand people are feared dead as the earthquake was not only strong but shallow—just 4.5 miles deep.

The quake struck the region at 1:41 p.m. local time.

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