LIVE: 76 dead as massive 7.8 magnitude hits Turkey

LIVE: 76 dead as massive 7.8 magnitude hits Turkey

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Turkey early Monday and was followed by another strong temblor. It was felt in several provinces in the region and knocked down a number of buildings, reports said.

The US Geological Survey said quake was centred about 33 kilometres from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was about 26 kilometres from the town of Nurdagi.

It was centred 18 kilometres deep, according to the US Geological Survey. A strong 6.7 temblor rumbled about 10 minutes later.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency, AFAD, said the quake measured 7.4 and was centered in the town of Pazarcik, in Kahramanmaras province.

Turkey’s emergency service says that the 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 76 people in seven provinces and injured 440 others, in the latest update.

Italian authorities have issued a tsunami alert after a massive earthquake struck Turkey, early today morning.

In a tweet, an authority warned residents to stay away from coasts and to follow instructions issued by local government bodies.

At least 10 people were killed in Turkey after 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the country’s south and also northern Syria, two local Turkish officials said.

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