Images of collapsed buildings in southern Turkey.RR.
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale was recorded this morning 23 kilometers east of the city of Nurdagi, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The first images coming in from Turkey show collapsed buildings and hotels.
The movement has been strongly felt in 14 countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Cyprus and Jordan.
The quake struck at a depth of 17.9 km, at 4:17 a.m. Turkish time.
Minutes later, another telluric movement of 6.7 degrees was recorded at a depth of 9.9 kilometers.
Authorities have yet to confirm casualties or damage.
The southern region of Gaziantep is a major industrial and manufacturing center of the country.
Turkey is located in one of the most active seismic zones in the world.
The last major earthquake, known as the Izmit earthquake, occurred on August 17, 1999 and had a magnitude of 7.6, killing more than 17,000 people.
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