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Death toll from Turkey earthquake nears 600

October 30, 2011 |  9:04 am

 Tents for earthquake victims in Turkey
The death toll from Turkey’s powerful earthquake was nearing 600 on Sunday as hopes faded of finding any more survivors in the rubble.

At least 596 people were killed and more than 4,150 injured in the magnitude 7.2 quake that rocked Turkey’s eastern Van province, near the Iranian border, a week ago, Turkish authorities said.

The last person dug out alive was a 13-year-old boy who was rescued Friday.

PHOTOS: Powerful earthquake strikes Turkey

Workers using bulldozers and excavators began clearing away the debris from collapsed buildings on Sunday as search-and-rescue efforts wound down, news agencies reported.

Aftershocks continued to cause panic in the devastated quake zone, where thousands of survivors are sleeping in tents in the bitter cold, rain and snow, the Associated Press said.

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-- Alexandra Zavis in Newark, Del.

Photo: A stadium in Ercis, Turkey, has been converted into a tent city for those left homeless by the 7.2 earthquake that struck the region a week ago. Credit: Osman Orsal / Reuters

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