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Earthquake hits Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP)-- A strong earthquake knocked down houses and the minarets of mosques as it devastated several small villages in eastern Turkey, killing dozens of people and injuring scores.

Officials say the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of six, hit in the early morning as many people slept.

The government says the quake was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.1.

A Turkish official says emergency workers are trying to rescue people from debris.

Officials say a village near the epicenter "is totally flattened."

Some of the injuries occurred during the panic, when people jumped from windows or balconies.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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