Very strong 7.8 quake hits near Gaziantep, Turkiye - 76 dead 440 injuries -

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Very strong 7.8 quake hits near Gaziantep, Turkiye - 76 dead 440 injuries

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At least 76 people died Monday in Türkiye when a major 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southeast of the country, local officials said.
Officials said 23 people died in the province of Malatya, 17 in Şanlıurfa, seven in Osmaniye, and six in Diyarbakır, although the toll threatened to climb much higher because of the heavy damage.
According to the country's disaster agency, the strong earthquake originated in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş.
Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck at 4.17 a.m. (0117GMT) and was centered in Pazarcık district.
The quake occurred at a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles).
It was followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake that struck southeastern Gaziantep province.
A third earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude also hit Gaziantep.
The initial earthquake was also felt in other southeastern provinces including Diyarbakır and neighboring countries including Lebanon and Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took to Twitter to convey get-well wishes to citizens affected by the initial earthquake.
He added that AFAD and other units are "on alert.”
This video grab shows rescuers searching for victims of a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Diyarbakır, southeastern Türkiye. (AFP Photo)
He noted that rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the province affected by the earthquake.
"Our Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health, AFAD, provincial governorships and all other institutions started their work rapidly."
A map showing several Turkish provinces affected by the earthquake, Feb. 6, 2023. (AA Photo)
"We are also coordinating our work after the earthquake. We hope that we will get through this disaster together as soon as possible and with the least damage and we will continue our work."
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu also said that six earthquakes with magnitudes above 6 had hit the country so far early Monday.
Western Syria
A powerful earthquake killed dozens and injured hundreds in northern and western Syria early on Monday, state media said, as rescue teams battled heavy rain and sleet in a search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
More than 100 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the Syrian regions of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia, state news agency (SANA) said, in an earthquake that also shook southern Türkiye, killing at least 76 there.
Syrian civil defence in rebel-held northwestern Idlib said the quake killed tens of people and injured hundreds in the areas where it operates.
"No official numbers yet but dozens reported dead and hundreds injured, many trapped under the rubble," the force, known as the White Helmets, said in a Twitter message.
Many buildings in the affected areas had already suffered damage in fighting during Syria's nearly 12-year-long civil war.

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