Southeast Turkey was rocked in the early hours of Monday morning by a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake that was felt in many cities, local authorities said.
The epicenter of the earthquake, which lasted about 30 seconds at around 4:17 a.m. local time, was in the Kahramanmaras region, about 600 kilometers southeast of Ankara, at a depth of seven kilometers, the Presidency of Emergency and Disaster Management (AFAD) said. . ).
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The first live images from Turkish news channels showed collapsed buildings, although the number of victims has not yet been reported.
Minutes later, another 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu confirmed on Twitter.
Yildirim Kurt, a farmer near Kahramanmaras, told EFE over the phone that people in the area are “panicked”.
We woke up to a strong earthquake. Our house didn’t collapse, but everything in the house fell to the floor.
“Our neighbour’s house has collapsed. We have a communication problem. We’re all outside. I was able to talk to relatives in nearby towns. It is said that many buildings collapsed there,” Kurt said.
According to public broadcaster TRT World, earthquakes were also felt in neighboring countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Georgia. EFE
Source: La Neta Neta
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