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Tuesday, August 17, 1999 Published at 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK

World: Europe

In pictures: After the quake

A powerful earthquake strikes western Turkey, bringing down buildings and leaving thousands dead and injured.

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A six-storey building levelled in Istanbul, killing at least two people.

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Rescuers search for survivors in Istanbul's Sefakoy district.

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Hospitals in the city of Gebze ran out of beds for the injured.

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Buildings were reduced to rubble in Izmit, the city nearest the epicentre.

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The extent of the quake's force is revealed in Izmit, a densely populated industrial area.

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Survivors say they are too scared to go back inside, fearing the impact of aftershocks.

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Many people were injured jumping from balconies and out of windows in panic when the quake hit.

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The minaret of a mosque lies shattered after the quake in Izmit.

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