Fırat Yayla (Charmquell) is under the rubble
A powerful earthquake has struck the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on the border with Syria. According to the US Geological Survey, the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of 17.9 kilometres (11 miles) near the city of Gaziantep. The earthquake was felt in Ankara, other Turkish cities, and throughout the region.
Several buildings have reportedly collapsed, and many people may be trapped. A BBC Turkish correspondent in Diyarbakir reported that a shopping mall had collapsed in the city.
Rushdi Abualouf, a BBC producer in Gaza, reported that his residence shook for approximately 45 seconds. Turkish seismologists estimated the magnitude of the earthquake to be 7.4.
They reported that minutes later, a second earthquake struck the region. This breaking news story will be updated with additional information shortly. Please refresh the page to see the complete content.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Turkey on Monday morning and was also felt along the border between Lebanon and Syria.
The earthquake occurred at 4:17 a.m. local time (0117 gmt). It is approximately 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Gaziantep, the country’s largest city and provincial capital in the southeast.
The earthquake occurred approximately 26 kilometres (16 miles) from Nur Dag. Its depth is 17,7 kilometres (11 miles) according to the US Geological Survey.Ten minutes later, a powerful 6.7-magnitude tremor rumbled.
Syria borders the southern region of Gaziantep, one of the most significant industrial and manufacturing centres in Turkey. There have been reports of earthquakes in Lebanon, Greece, Syria, Israel, and Cyprus.
The Turkish government hasn’t said that anyone was hurt, but videos posted to social media show that buildings in several cities in the southeast of the country were damaged.