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Big Quake Rocks Western Turkey; 14 Killed, Many More Are Missing

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 shook western Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and burying many more under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

At least 193 others were injured, the semi-official Anatolia news agency said. Public Works Minister Halil Culhaoglu said the death toll could reach 100.

As many as two-thirds of the buildings collapsed in Dinar, a city of 100,000 near the quake’s epicenter, said Semih Koken, an editor for a local TV station.

Nedret Goceli, standing before the rubble of what was once a five-story apartment building, said his brother and cousin were among those trapped.

“There must be at least 40 people buried under this building,” he said.

The city, about 200 miles southwest of Ankara, was pitch black early Monday, having lost power in the quake. Heavy rain also hampered rescue efforts.

The police station and hospital were among the buildings damaged. Health workers helped the injured inside tents while serious cases were sent to hospitals in neighboring Isparta province.

Huseyin Ozturk, 13, whose head was bandaged, said he was lucky to survive. “When I felt the tremor, I managed to run outside,” he said. “But too many things started to fall on my head.”

Rescue teams were trying to clear the rubble with heavy machines.

A milder quake shook Dinar last Wednesday, damaging many homes. Aftershocks continued the next few days, and many residents slept outdoors out of fear of a major quake.

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