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Oct232011

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL, Turkey) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 shook eastern Turkey Sunday where at least two buildings collapsed in the city of Van, near the Iranian border, authorities said.

The quake struck the region at 1:41 p.m. local time. The quake was upgraded from a 6.6 to 7.2 magnitude. Its depth was considered shallow at 4.5 miles.

State run media reported rescue crews were working to free people trapped under the seven-story building that collapsed.

It is unclear the number of injuries that were sustained or deaths that have occurred due to the earthquake.

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