ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A strong earthquake knocked down houses
and the minarets of mosques as it devastated several small villages
in eastern Turkey, killing at least 41 people.
Officials say the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit in the early morning as many people slept.
The government says the quake was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.1.
A Turkish official says emergency workers are trying to rescue four people from debris, while CNN-Turk television said the dead included four young sisters trapped in the rubble.
Officials say a village near the epicenter "is totally flattened."
Some of the injuries occurred during the panic, when people jumped from windows or balconies.