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Strong earthquake slams eastern Turkey, kills 51

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OKCULAR, Turkey (AP) -- A strong, pre-dawn earthquake knocked down stone and mud-brick houses, barns and minarets today in eastern Turkey, killing 51 people in five villages, the government said.

The earthquake surprised many residents as they slept, crumpling buildings into piles of rubble. Panicked survivors fled into narrow village streets, some climbing out of windows, as nearly 80 aftershocks measuring up to 5.5 and 5.3 magnitude rattled the region.

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