March 8th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Quake kills 57 in Turkey

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A pre-dawn earthquake collapsed homes and  killed at least 57 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey Monday, government officials said.

About 71 others were injured when the earthquake struck at 4:32 a.m., according to officials. The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake at  magnitude 5.9, while the Turkish earthquake monitoring center listed the  temblor as a 6.0.

The quake struck in Elazig province, with the village of Okcular the worst hit, according to Ozcan Yalcin, the press secretary for the province's  governor.

At least 57 people died, said Cemil Cicek , Turkey's deputy prime minister.

Dozens of aftershocks, ranging up to magnitude 5.5, shook the region in the hours after the quake.

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