Early on Monday, a powerful earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude was felt in southeast Turkey. According to reports, it caused several structures in the region to collapse and was felt in multiple provinces.
According to the USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 20 miles (33 kilometers) away from Gaziantep, a significant city and the seat of a province. From the town of Nurdagi, it was roughly 26 kilometers (16 miles) away.
The U.S. Geological Survey determined that its core was 18 kilometers (11 miles) below the surface. About 10 minutes later, a 6.7 temblor shook the earth strongly.
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The town of Pazarcik, located in the province of Kahramanmaras, was the epicenter of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake, according to AFAD, Turkey’s disaster and emergency management organization.
According to HaberTurk television, several structures collapsed in the nearby provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakir, and Malatya. There were no reports of casualties right away.
Major fault lines run through Turkey, which is frequently affected by earthquakes.
Syria and Lebanon were also affected by the earthquake.
The central city of Hama and the northern city of Aleppo both experienced some building collapses, according to the state-run media in Syria.
According to the opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, numerous buildings fell in the northwest of Syria, which is controlled by rebels and borders Turkey.
On casualties, there was no immediate information. Snow and the Political landscape is also impeding rescue and aid attempts
Turkey is situated on several fault lines and is no stranger to seismic activity, yet entire areas have been flattened in minutes.
Buildings trembled in Beirut and Damascus, and many people fled into the streets out of panic.