ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run agency says a powerful earthquake has collapsed some buildings in the center of eastern city of Van.
The Anatolia news agency says rescue workers are trying to reach people believed to be trapped under the wreckage of a seven-story building in Van, close to the Iranian border.
The mayor of the town hit by the earthquake says many people have died.
"There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed, there is too much destruction," Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television.
"We need urgent aid, we need medics," he said.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Sunday afternoon's quake at 7.3.
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