(MENAFN- Gulf Times) A strong earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and Syria early Monday, resulting in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries and the destruction of many buildings.
Rescue teams continue to search for survivors in the rubble.
In a preliminary statement, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority stated that 76 people died and 440 others were injured in 7 provinces in Turkey as a result of the devastating earthquake.
The Syrian National Seismological Center stated that the areas near the epicentre of the earthquake in Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo are the most affected. In a preliminary toll, 99 people were announced dead and 334 others injured.
The Center stated that this earthquake is the strongest one since 1995, explaining that the seismic instability will continue, but with weaker tremors and within 5 degrees limits.
Earlier, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority announced that a 7.4-magnitude earthquake had struck the province of Kahramanmaras, in southern Turkey, followed by a second 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Gaziantep, also in the south.
It was felt by populations in Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian territories, Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Iraq and some areas in Egypt.
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