A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey. And Syria on Monday, killing more than 2,600 people as building collapsed. Triggering a search for survivors trapped in the rubble. The earthquake, which struck in the dark of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. The strongest earthquake in a century was followed by a series of aftershocks.
Videos on social media showed several collapsed buildings.
And panicked locals standing in the streets.
In one such clip, a high-rise building collapses. Amid an aftershock in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province. Authorities said 16 structures collapsed in Sanliurfa and 34 in Osmaniye. News agency Reuters reported.
There was no immediate word on whether anyone was inside the building.
Broadcasters TRT and Haberturk showed video of the rubble of buildings. Stretchers being moved and searches for survivors in the town. Of Kahramanmaras, where it was still dark.
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Sanliurfa Governor Salih Ayhan said at least 12 people had died in his province, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, a second strong. Earthquake of size 7.5 struck Turkey on Monday, further terrorizing the locals.
“I am very scared. I felt (the aftershock) very because I live on the top floor,” one woman told news agency AFP. “We ran out in panic. It was almost like an earthquake this morning. I can’t go back to my apartment now, I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
Officials counted more than 50 aftershocks. Within the first 10 hours of the initial disaster. They warned that there would be rumblings for many more days.