In Turkey, earthquake killed 15 people and destroyed multiple structures


Local officials reported at least 15 people were killed in a strong 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Turkey on Monday, however, the death toll might rise considerably higher because many houses were demolished.

Local officials reported five deaths in the province of Osmaniye and ten more in Sanliurfa, near Turkey’s border with Syria. According to Governor Erdinc Yilmaz, 34 structures in the province were damaged.

The quake occurred at 04:17 a.m. local time  at a depth of approximately 17.9 kilometers (11 miles).

The magnitude of the quake was 7.4 according to AFAD, the government’s disaster management organization. About 15 minutes later, the USGS recorded another shallow 6.7-magnitude quake near the first.

Gaziantep’s southern sector, one of Turkey’s important industrial and manufacturing regions, borders Syria. According to AFP sources, the earthquakes were reported in Lebanon, Syria, and Cyprus. Although Turkish officials have not yet confirmed any deaths or injuries, footage released on social media show devastated structures in various locations in the country’s southeast.

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