Videos show aftermath of Turkey earthquake

Published February 6th, 2023 - 03:27 GMT
Turkey earthquake
In this video grab from AFP TV taken on February 6, 2023, rescuers search for victims of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, levelling buildings across several cities and causing damages in neighbouring Syria. (Photo by Mahmut BOZARSLAN / AFPTV / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Social media users shared photos and videos on the aftermath of Monday's devasting pre-dawn earthquake, which struck the southern part of Turkey and jolted other Mideast nations.

Videos of buildings in residential neighborhoods, which were reduced to piles of debris, were shared online, as rescue forces dug people from the rubble.

Syria also reported that the quake destroyed several buildings nationwide.

According to local officials, the death toll in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake reached 960 in Turkey and more than 326 in Syria.

The earthquake struck at 4.17 a.m. local time, as people were still asleep ahead of a business day.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: "I convey my best wishes to all our citizens who were affected by the earthquake."

He maintained: "We hope that we will get through this disaster together as soon as possible and with the least damage, and we continue our work."

Another clip was shared on Twitter, showing the first moments of the earthquake where a building in Diyarbakir province collapsed.

Footage showing a damaged supermarket in Lebanon's capital Beirut was also released online.

The strong earthquake was also felt in Jordan, Iraq and Iran.

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