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Watch: Devastating earthquake hits Türkiye

Dozens of buildings collapsed, burying people under the rubble.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Türkiye early on Monday morning, followed by several powerful aftershocks that were felt across the region. The jolts caused widespread destruction, knocking down multiple residential buildings, according to disturbing footage captured by survivors.

The most powerful jolt, measured at 7.8 by the USGS and 7.4 by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, happened around 4:17am local time, and was centered 33km northeast of Gaziantep, a major provincial capital with a population of over 2 million people.

There was no immediate estimate of total casualties, but according to Turkish media reports, scores are feared killed, as dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed across ten provinces, including Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Osmaniye, and Malatya, where residents are reportedly trapped under rubble.

The Turkish authorities declared the highest level of emergency, with all rescue services and first responders mobilized to aid the affected provinces, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to the victims, confirming that search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to affected areas, while all other government institutions are coordinating their response.

Across the border in Syria, several residential buildings reportedly collapsed in Aleppo, as well as in the city of Hama, according to local media. The quake was so powerful that shaking was felt all across the region, as far as Israel, Lebanon, and Cyprus.

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Source:RT News

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  1. Now there will be the usual investigations into why buildings collapsed the way they did, a few speculators/contractors/architects will be rounded rounded up and accused of corruption. Maybe even a low level politician will be offered up as a partner in the crime. Victims will be buried, the rubble will be cleared, new buildings will go up and everything will return to normal. Until the next big earthquake.
    The more things change the more they remain the same.

  2. “Sooner or later there will be a ~M 7.5 #earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon),” Frank Hoogerbeets wrote on Twitter on Friday.

    He works for SSGeo Solar System Geometry Survey.


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