7.9 magnitude earthquake in southern Turkey kills and injures

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey at dawn on Monday, causing widespread destruction and loss of life.

According to information released by the Office of Disaster and Emergency Management, the earthquake hit at 04:17 local time. It reached a depth of 7 kilometers below the surface of the earth.

This resulted in death and injury after a large number of buildings collapsed in 10 Turkish states when the earthquake hit Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, Diyarbakir, Adana and other regions and states.

According to the Turkish State Disaster Management Agency AFAD, the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.4.

According to Agence France-Presse correspondents, the tremors were felt in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus.

Videos posted on social media show collapsed buildings in several cities in the country's southeast.

Turkey is located in a region with seismic activity, which is one of the highest in the world.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwest Turkey in late November, injuring about 50 people and causing limited damage, according to the Turkish Ambulance Service.

In January 2020, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Elazig region, killing more than 40 people.

In October of the same year, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, killing 114 people and injuring more than a thousand.

Source: AFP.

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