138 Dead after major earthquake in Turkey

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By: Angela Wendler

The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports that 138 people are dead and 350 more were injured by the earthquake Sunday, reports CNN.

The death toll is expected to rise. Rescue teams will work through the night to search for survivors beneath the rubble, as reported by CNN.

The Turkish seismic institute measured the earthquake's magnitude to be 7.2. The earthquake was centered in the Van Province, near the Iran boarder, reports the New York Times.

Nearly 20 aftershocks were felt strongly in nearby villages. The largest of which had a magnitude of 6.0, as reported by CNN.

Sunday's earthquake was the largest quake to impact Turkey in over a century, reports CNN.

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