6.0 earthquake hits eastern Turkey, kills 57

Rescue workers and people remove rubble from a destroyed house in Okcular village in the eastern province of Elazig, Turkey, Monday, March 8, 2010, hours after a strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit eastern Turkey early Monday. The temblor struck six villages in Elazig province, toppling stone or mud-brick homes and minarets of mosques. (AP Photo/ Omer Fansa, Anatolia) (AP Photo/ Omer Fansa, Anatolia)

March 8, 2010 5:00:42 AM PST
A strong, pre-dawn earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 struck eastern Turkey on Monday, killing 57 people as it knocked down stone or mud-brick houses and minarets in at least six villages, the government said.