Photos: Hundreds Dead In Turkey Earthquake

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Yunus, a 13-year-old earthquake survivor with a hand of a victim on his shoulder, waits to be rescued from under a collapsed building by rescue workers in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

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Umit Bektas

Turkey suffers a lot of earthquakes. But Sunday's was a big one. A 7.2-magnitude quake struck the eastern part of the country, killing at least 270 people. But as rescuers scramble to pull survivors from the wreckage, there are fears the death toll could rise to 1,000 or more.

Up to 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory, and 10 buildings in Van, the Telegraph reported. quoting the Turkish Red Crescent.

There have long been fears that a large earthquake could strike the Turkish megacity of Istanbul. If a quake of Sunday's magnitude did strike Istanbul, which is Turkey's capital, analysts fear that the unprepared metropolis would suffer massive amounts of damage and loss of life.              

Turkey has a long history of powerful earthquakes. In 1999, a quake killed about 18,000 people. Turkey straddles two massive tectonic plates: the Eurasia and the Africa/Arabia plates.

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    Yunus, a 13-year-old earthquake survivor with a hand of a victim on his shoulder, waits to be rescued from under a collapsed building by rescue workers in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Umit Bektas

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    A view shows damaged buildings amid debris after an earthquake in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Umit Bektas

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    Rescue workers search for survivors trapped under debris after an earthquake in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 23, 2011.

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    Umit Bektas

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    Turkish soldiers sleep in an army car as they take part in an operation to salvage people from a collapsed building after an earthquake in the Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Mustafa Ozer

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    Turkish rescue teams search at a collapsed school in Celtiksuyu. May 02 2003. A devastating earthquake measuring 6.4 on the richter scale struck the predominantly Kurdish province of Bingol in southeast Turkey May 1 killing at least 105 people and injuring hundreds more.

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    Tarik Tinazay

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    Rescuers take part in an operation to salvage people from a collapsed building as a crane is used to dig through rubble after an earthquake in eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Adem Altan

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    A Turkish man stands amid the rubble of an earthquake-damaged building in Van, eastern Turkey. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Adem Altan

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    People watch a crane digging through rubbles as Turkish rescuers take part in an operation to salvage people from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Van, eastern Turkey. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Adem Altan

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    An aerial view of the quake-hit Tabanli village in the eastern province of Van. Oct. 23, 2011.

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    Abdurrahman Antakyali

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    Relatives of quake victims attend the 10th anniversary memorial of the 1999 earthquake in the northwestern Turkish town of Golcuk. Aug. 17, 2009. The earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale killed more than 17,000 and left some 600,000 homeless.

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    Mustafa Ozer

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    A woman runs toward her husband on the soil cracked by a strong earthquake in Su Dugunu village some 25 km away from Bingol. May 4, 2003. 167 people were killed and more than 521 is injured during the strong earthquake May 1 in southeastern Turkish province of Bingol official said.

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    Tarik Tinazay

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    Local residents search the rubble of their house, in Celtiksuyu near Bingol. May 1 2003.

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    Mustafa Ozer

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    A man walks amid the rubbles as a crane is used by rescue workers to dig through the debris during a rescue operation after an earthquake in Van, eastern Turkey. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Adem Altan

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    Women mourn at a cemetery for their relatives, killed during the earthquake, in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Umit Bektas

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    Turkish men sleep on a couch in a street after an earthquake in the Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey. Oct. 24, 2011.

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    Mustafa Ozer

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    Rescue workers rescue people trapped under debris after an earthquake in a village near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 23, 2011.

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    Ali Ihsan Ozturk

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    A survivor is carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 23, 2011.

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    Abdurrahman Antakyali

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    Survivors of a killer earthquake mourn relatives in the village of Yukari Demirciler. March 9, 2010.

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    An elderly man looks at the devastation caused by an earthquake in the eastern Turkish village of Yukari Demirciler. March 9, 2010.

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    An earthquake monument is seen during a sunrise in the northwestern Turkish town of Golcuk. Aug. 17, 2009. Turks commemorated the 10th anniversary of the quake, which measured 7.4 on Richter scale, killed more than 17,000 and left 600,000 homeless.

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    Mustafa Ozer