A massive 7.2 earthquake has hit eastern Turkey where officials say at least 85 people have been killed.
Dozens of buildings collapsed, bringing down large chunks of steel and concrete to the ground, as the quake hit the region at 1:41 pm local time on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of residents were said to have fled into the streets, running and screaming, trying to reach relatives on cell phones.
Survivors were seen digging through rubble with their bare hands to rescue those who were trapped and injured.
Mayor of the town Ercis, Zulfikar Arapoglu says:
"There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction. We need urgent aid. We need medics."
There has since been eight aftershocks, including two with a magnitude of 5.6. Officials say the death toll could rise up into the hundreds and thousands.
So tragic. Yet another horrible natural disaster. We hope the people of Turkey can get the help they need as soon as possible. All those who are affected are in our thoughts and prayers.
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