Thousands of people in Turkey and Syria have been killed and thousands more were injured after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey’s Gaziantep province near the Syrian border early Monday.
The earthquake is the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939, when a quake of the same magnitude killed 300,000 people. Tremors from Monday’s earthquake and its aftershocks have been recorded across the region so far, including in Lebanon, Israel, Iraq and Jordan.
A magnitude 6.7 aftershock followed 11 minutes later, as well as a 7.5 aftershock several hours later at 1:24 p.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. The magnitude 7.5 aftershock is the strongest of more than 60 aftershocks that have been recorded throughout the day in Turkey, some more than 12 hours after the first earthquake.
Tremors from the magnitude 7.5 aftershock were recorded throughout Turkey and Syria, as well as in parts of Iraq.