A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and was felt in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook the southeast of Turkey and was followed by another earthquake of 6.7. The tremor was felt in several provinces in the region and caused the collapse of some buildings, according to reports.

The United States Geological Survey indicated that the quake had an epicenter about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from the city of Gaziantepthe provincial capital, and about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from the town of Nurdagi.

The office of Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management (AFAD)under the Ministry of the Interior, reported that the earthquake took place in the province of Kahramanmaras.

the quake checked in at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of about 17.9 kilometers (11 miles).

The telluric movement was also felt in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprusaccording to correspondents from AFP.

Turkish authorities initially reported no deaths or injuries, but videos posted on social media show destroyed buildings in several cities in the country’s southeast.

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey

The United States Geological Survey reported another earthquake of magnitude 6.7 with an epicenter near the first one about 15 minutes later with a depth of 9.9 kilometers.

The southern region of Gaziantep is a major industrial and manufacturing center of Turkey.

Turkey is located in one of the most active seismic zones in the world.

In August 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the northwest of the country, killing 17,000 people.

(With information from AFP)

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