Fatal earthquake kills hundreds in Turkey

An earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the major Turkish provincial capital of Gaziantep at around 4.17am local time on Monday morning, causing a devastating succession of tremors that destroyed swaths of land hundreds of miles from the original incident.

At least 1,462 people have been killed in a devastating  that struck  and as emergency services scramble to rescue thousands more buried in the rubble of fallen buildings. The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early on Monday morning, with the tremors felt as far as Cairo, Egypt, nearly 800 miles away from where the disaster originated. On both sides of the border, residents jolted out of sleep by the pre-dawn quake rushed outside on a cold, rainy and snowy winter night, as buildings were flattened and strong aftershocks continued, with more than 6000 people injured as a result, according to local authorties.

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