Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 strikes Turkey

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck central Turkey on Monday, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, GFZ said.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) pegged the quake at 7.4 near the southern city of Kahramanmaras.

The quake hit Turkey, about 114km north of Aleppo, Syria.Credit:USGS

There was damage to buildings and people were gathered out on snowy streets, according to images on state broadcaster TRT.

The earthquake lasted about a minute and shattered windows, according to a Reuters witness.

The area is regularly hit by strong earthquakes.

According to the USGS which reviewed the quake’s magnitude as 7.8, it struck 26km from Nurdagı, Gaziantep, in Turkey, north of the Syrian border at 1.17am (12.17pm AEDT) at a depth of 18km.

A strong 6.7 temblor rumbled about 10 minutes later.

Details on potential damage or casualties from the quake which hit in the early hours of the morning were not immediately available.

Some reports said it may have been felt as far as Greece and Lebanon.

More to come

Reuters, AP

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