The country’s disaster management agency reports that the southern province of Kahramanmaras in Türkiye has been shaken by a powerful earthquake.

According to the Osmaniye governor, the earthquake on Monday caused at least five deaths in southern Osmaniye province. He added that 34 buildings in the province were destroyed by the quake.

According to the declaration made by the governor of Malatya province, there were 100 injuries and three deaths. He added that 130 buildings in the province were destroyed by the quake.

According to Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the Pazarcik district was the epicenter of Monday’s 7.4 magnitude quake, which occurred at 4.17 a.m. (0117 GMT).

At a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), the quake struck.

It was also felt in neighboring countries like Lebanon and Syria, as well as in other southeastern provinces like Diyarbakir and Gaziantep.

According to AFAD, a second and third earthquakes with magnitudes 6.4 and 6.5 struck the southeastern Gaziantep province minutes after the first one.

Diyarbakir and other southeastern provinces, as well as neighboring Lebanon and Syria, experienced the initial earthquake.

The first earthquake’s victims received well wishes from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan via Twitter.

He added that other units, including AFAD, are “on alert.”

He mentioned that rescue teams were immediately sent to the earthquake-affected province.

“All other institutions, including our Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health, AFAD, provincial governorships, and others, began their work quickly.”

“As a result of the earthquake, we are also coordinating our work. We intend to continue our work and hope that we will collectively overcome this disaster as quickly as possible with the least amount of damage.”

Additionally, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu stated that the nation had been struck by six earthquakes with magnitudes above 6 as of early Monday.

Updates will be made to this story as it develops.

Source: AA




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