Strong earthquake strikes southern Turkey near Syria border | earthquake news

Vibrations measured at magnitude 7.8 were also felt in Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus, causing buildings to collapse.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey near the Syrian border, and was also felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria, the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS said the quake struck at 4:17 a.m. local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of about 17.9km (11 miles).

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said the 7.4 magnitude quake was near the cities of Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.

The USGS reported another magnitude 6.7 quake near the site of the first tremor about 15 minutes later.

Turkish authorities have not reported any deaths or injuries, but videos posted on social media show buildings destroyed in several cities in the southeastern part of the country. water.

TV stations TRT and Haberturk showed images of people gathering around the ruined buildings in the town of Kahramanmaras, searching for survivors.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, Salih Ayhan, said on Twitter, “we destroyed buildings” and urged people to move to safe locations.

Turkey is located in one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

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