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7.8 magnitude earthquake topples buildings in central Turkey


ANKARA, Turkey – A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Turkey early Monday and was followed by another strong tremor. It was felt in several provinces in the region and toppled a number of buildings, according to reports.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from Nurdagi town.

It was centered 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep, according to the US Geological Survey. A strong 6.7 tremor rumbled about 10 minutes later.

Turkey’s disaster and emergency management agency, AFAD, said the quake measured 7.4 and was centered in the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province.

Several buildings collapsed in the neighboring provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakir and Malatya, HaberTurk TV reported. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Turkey sits atop major fault lines and is frequently rocked by earthquakes.

The earthquake was also felt in Lebanon and Syria.

Syrian state media reported that some buildings collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo and in the central city of Hama.

In rebel-held northwest Syria, which borders Turkey, several buildings have collapsed, according to the opposition Syrian Civil Defense.

There was no word on the casualties.

In Beirut and Damascus, buildings shook and many people took to the streets in fear.


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