Earthquake shakes Turkey, collapsed Buildings

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has shaken near Van in southeastern Turkey on Sunday. Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and Research Institute said that it collapsed some buildings near the border with Iran.

The institute pointed out that the earthquake struck at 1041 GMT and was 5 km deep. While the U.S. Geological Survey earlier reported that the magnitude was 7.6. State-run news agency Anatolian confirmed that some buildings had collapsed.

After shocks continued after the initial quake, Anatolian further said. A reporter of the Reuters in Hakkari, a town around 100 km south of the city of Van in southeastern Turkey, revealed that he could feel the building sway for around 10 seconds.

But still, there was no immediate report of any casualties or damage in Hakkari, around two and half hours drive through the mountains from Van, around 20 km (12 miles) from the epicenter.

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