Massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude in Turkey and Syria leave 670 people dead

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria early on Monday morning claimed the lives of hundreds of people who were asleep, destroyed many structures, and caused vibrations to be felt as far away as Egypt and the island of Cyprus.

Building collapses on Monday in Syria resulted in at least 386 fatalities. Fearful citizens fled their homes after the earthquake struck before daybreak close to the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which is approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Syrian border, according to AFP correspondents in northern Syria.

According to state television, the earthquake across areas of Syria under government control, including the towns of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Tartus, resulted in at least 239 fatalities and at least 648 injuries.

Source: NDTV

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