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Multiple earthquakes rock Turkey, Syria, killing more than 3,800 people

The first quake happened early Monday, collapsing buildings and causing a path of destruction with aftershocks throughout the region

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Civil defense workers and residents search through the rubble of collapsed buildings in the town of Harem near the Turkish border, Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful earthquake has caused significant damage in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. Damage was reported across several Turkish provinces, and rescue teams were being sent from around the country.

Ghaith Alsayed, Associated Press

Turkey and Syria were rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday, collapsing buildings and causing a path of destruction, with aftershocks felt throughout neighboring countries. Shortly after the initial quake, a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck.

More than 3,800 have been killed from the quake and the area continued to feel aftershocks for hours. It has caused almost 3,000 buildings to collapse, The New York Times reported.

The quake was so big that even Greenland and Denmark claimed to have registered the shaking, according to CBS News.

“We do not know where the dead and injured can go,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, per the Times.

What areas of Turkey, elsewhere were affected by the earthquake?

Millions of people experienced the earthquake throughout Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. The epicenter was “near the city of Gaziantep in southeast Turkey, which was bracing for the most devastation,” according to the Times.

The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 4:17 a.m. with a depth of around 10 miles and predicted “extensive damage” from the quake would be “probable.”

Ankara, the Turkish capital, issued a warning to residents and is sending search and rescue teams to those affected by the quake. It also included a call for international aid.

Some of the hardest hit by the quake’s effects are Syrian refugees fleeing civil war who were living in areas of Turkey impacted most by the earthquake, per CNN.

Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun tweeted that all agencies “are on high alert” and that “our country has overcome many challenges and we will get through this disaster by working together.”

This story will be updated as information develops.