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No report of Australians involve in Turkey quake: PM

(Xinhua)

11:36, October 24, 2011

CANBERRA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday said she is unaware of any Australians being caught up in the Turkey earthquake.

Gillard said Australia's diplomatic people in Turkey are doing what they can to assess the situation, and there do not receive have any advice at this stage about Australians being involved in the incident.

"If any advice comes through about Australians being involved then of course we will be doing all the appropriate things to help families through," she told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 138 people are confirmed dead and 350 people injured in the wake of Sunday's 7.2 magnitude devastating earthquake, the most powerful to strike the country in more than a decade.

However, scientists from Turkey's Kandilli earthquake institute said as many as 1,000 people are feared dead given the force of the 7.2-magnitude quake, and given the often shoddy construction standards in the mountainous area near Turkey's border with Iran.

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