Worst Earthquake In Decades Rocks Turkey – At Least 1 500 Dead

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More than 1,500 people were killed and thousands injured on Monday when a huge earthquake struck central Turkey. The magnitude 7.8 quake was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake, with magnitude 7.7 – In Turkey, at least 1,014 people have died. In neighboring Syria, at least 592 people have died.

ADANA FEBRUARY 6: More than 1,500 people were killed and thousands injured on Monday when a huge earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria. The death toll continues to rise. The magnitude 7.8 quake was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake, magnitude 7.7.

It was not immediately clear how much damage had been done by the second quake, also felt across the region as rescue workers were struggling to pull casualties from rubble in bitter weather.

The magnitude 7.8 tremor was centered north of the Turkish city of Gaziantep. It’s caused destruction stretching all along Turkey’s southern border, from the Mediterranian eastwards. It was felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

In Turkey, at least 1,014 people have died and several thousand are injured, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), and 2,818 buildings had collapsed. In neighboring Syria, at least 592 people have died, including 371 mostly in the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartus, according to Syrian state news agency SANA, and 1,089 injured.

The European Union said it mobilized rescue teams to the region, with crews from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

Turkey is in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones. In 1999, 17,000 people were killed when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake — the worst to hit Turkey in decades — struck near Duzce, in the northwest of the country.

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