Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes southern Turkey

ISTANBUL — A powerful earthquake struck southern Turkey early Monday, leveling nearby Turkish cities and residential buildings in northern Syria. Later video showed residents trapped under the rubble, but there was no immediate confirmation of casualties.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 7.8-magnitude earthquake – felt as far away as Lebanon, Jordan and Israel – struck about 40 miles west of the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. The initial earthquake was followed by powerful aftershocks.

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