DEVELOPING: Powerful Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Topples Buildings (VIDEO)

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A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey Sunday night (early Monday local time) and toppled buildings.

The quake struck 20 miles from Gaziantep.

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A 6.7 aftershock hit a few minutes later.

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No reports of injuries or casualties yet.

AP reported:

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Turkey early Monday and was followed by another strong temblor. It was felt in several provinces in the region and knocked down a number of buildings, reports said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from the town of Nurdagi.

It was centered 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A strong 6.7 temblor rumbled about 10 minutes later.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency, AFAD, said the quake measured 7.4 and was centered in the town of Pazarcik, in Kahramanmaras province.

Several buildings tumbled down in the neighboring provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakir and Malatya, HaberTurk television reported. There was no immediate reports on casualties.


Numerous residential buildings have collapsed.


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