International Desk: According to the latest information, 560 people lost their lives in the terrible earthquake that hit the border of Turkey and Syria. Thousands of people were injured. The rescue operation is still going on. Those concerned say that the death toll may increase. The strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck on Monday morning. A state of emergency has been declared in Turkey.
At least 20 aftershocks were felt after the quake, which measured 6.6 on the Richter scale, the AP reported. The earthquake, which originated 90 km from the city of Gaziantep in Turkey, was felt in the surrounding countries, especially in Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Italy. The BBC says a tsunami warning was initially issued in Italy but later withdrawn.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said rescuers were sent to the scene soon after the earthquake struck. Hope we can overcome this disaster soon through collective efforts. The Turkish government has requested help from the international community to deal with the situation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he will stand by Turkey's danger. In a tweet, he said, 'We offer our condolences to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery. In this situation we are with our friendly Turkey and the people of Ukraine are ready to provide the necessary assistance.'
On the other hand, the Israeli government has also offered help to Turkey. The country's foreign minister, Eli Cohen, said that preparations are being made to start an emergency aid program.
Analysts said, Turkey has not seen such a terrible earthquake in the last 80 years.
The United States Geological Survey agency USGS said that the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Gaziantep at 4:17 a.m. local time on Monday. However, the Turkish authorities said that the magnitude of the earthquake on the Richter scale was 7.4.
As a result of this terrible earthquake, many houses have been destroyed. Many people are trapped under the rubble. An operation is underway to rescue them. The earthquake shook Turkey's capital, Ankara, and surrounding areas.
The strongest earthquake in recent history left many people trapped under collapsed buildings. People are looking for their relatives in the rubble. Someone is running to the hospital after rescuing the injured. In front of hospitals and collapsed buildings, the cries and cries of relatives do not stop.
The earthquake also hit Syria, a country bordering Turkey. The situation in rebel-held areas of northwestern Syria is being described as 'catastrophic'. There have also been reports of many people trapped in collapsed buildings. Many people were killed in government and rebel-held areas of the country.
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