Nearly 200 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured in Turkey and Syria after a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit southern Turkey early Monday.
The quake was one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years. It struck k 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), the US Geological Survey said.
Multiple strong aftershocks have been felt across the region, including as far away as Lebanon and Israel.
Turkey’s disaster agency has appealed for help from the international community as it conducts search and rescue operations.
In Syria, more than 50 people were killed, the BBC reported quoting state media..
There are fears the death toll will rise sharply in the coming hours.
Many buildings have collapsed and rescue teams have been deployed to search for survivors under huge piles of rubble.
Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones.
In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed after a powerful tremor rocked the north-west of the country.