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Turkey and Syria earthquake: At least 1,300 killed after 7.8 magnitude quake

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At least 1,300 people have died and 6,000 are injured after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday.

Several buildings were destroyed during the 40-second tremor, with thousands of rescue teams working to free people still trapped under rubble.A massive aftershock with a magnitude of 7.5 hit Turkey’s south hours after the original quake, which was felt once again in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan, according to reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said 912 have died, bringing the total death toll in Turkey and Syria to more than 1,300.The number of wounded currently stands at 5385 in Turkey and 600 in Syria, the Mirror reports.

Tremors were felt as far as Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Egypt, with Italy having issued a tsunami alert for coastal populations.According to Syrian state media, the death toll in government-held areas of the country is currently 386.

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