VIDEO: Officials continue frantic rescue efforts after Turkish earthquake

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey has killed hundreds, but rescuers are continuing efforts to rescue the dozens of people believed trapped beanth the rubble of collapsed buildings.

According to the BBC, 265 people have died and 1,140 were injured. About 1,000 buildings have been destroyed.

Turkey has been hit by several earthquakes in recent years. It’s particularly vulnerable because it sits astride several major fault lines.

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According to the New York Times, more than 200 aftershocks have rattled the area, near where Turkey shares a border with Iran.

The Turkish Red Crescent society has setup tent camps in sporting stadium to provide temporary housing for the thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake, the Times said. 

There has been an outpouring of support from global nations and several, including Israel have offered to send assistance. Thus far, however, Turkish officials have said they’ll be able to manager this crisis with internal resources.


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