Hundreds of people were killed on Monday, February 6, 2023 when a major earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit central Turkey & N.W Syria.
The quake, which struck at 04:17 local time at a depth of 17.9km (11 miles) near the city of Gaziantep, also left hundreds of people inj¥red & several buildings including a shopping mall destroyed.
The quake was also felt in Cyprus & Lebanon, Reuters reports.
Turkey’s disaster agency said 76 people had been killed, and 440 hurt, as authorities scrambled rescue teams & supply aircraft to the area around the city of Kahramanmaras, while declaring a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance.
In Syria, at least 42 people were killed, according to media reports.
There are fears the death toll will rise sharply in the coming hours.
In Malatya province, north-east of Gaziantep, at least 23 people were killed, local officials said. In Sanliurfa, to the east, there were 17 deaths.