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Building collapses two days after Turkey quake

Rescuers work to excavate people believed to be trapped under a collapsed building in Ercis, eastern Turkey, late Monday
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ERCIS, Turkey -- An Associated Press Television journalist says a 7-story building has collapsed two days after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey.

The building, with 46 apartments, collapsed on Tuesday in the city of Van. It was not known if anyone was inside but witnesses say voices could be heard.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, and authorities have warned survivors not to enter damaged buildings.

Thousands of people spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes following the temblor.

The quake on Sunday knocked down more than 100 buildings in two cities and mud-brick homes in nearby villages, trapping dozens in mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris and killing at least 366 people. Some 1,300 people were injured.

Searchers on Tuesday picked through the ruins in the cities of Ercis and Van in hopes of finding more survivors. The Dogan news agency said rescuers had pulled five people out of the rubble alive in the early hours of Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered.

In the hardest-hit city of Ercis, some 80 buildings tumbled down. The city of 75,000, close to the Iranian border, lies in one of Turkey's most earthquake-prone zones.