[VIDEO] 7.8 Earthquake ravages Middle East, looks like they’ve been hit by one

There was a huge and deadly earthquake that hit the Middle East region, affecting Turkey and Syria, and right now, we are hearing that more than 1.600 people have died – and this number is expected to rise a lot. The New York Times is reporting that more than 1,600 people have been killed in Turkey and Syria, where two powerful earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks on Monday collapsed thousands of buildings and heralded a new humanitarian disaster in a region already wracked by war, a refugee crisis and deep economic problems.

The initial magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck at 4:17 a.m. local time and was also felt in Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, according to the United States Geological Survey. A second, separate 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey about nine hours later Monday afternoon, the USGS said.

The initial quake, centered near Gaziantep in south-central Turkey, was the deadliest to hit the country in more than 20 years and was as powerful as the 1939 quake, the strongest ever recorded in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at least 912 people had been killed as search and rescue teams searched across the country.

About 700 people were also reported dead in northwestern Syria. The affected area spans several provinces and is the front line between government-controlled areas on one side and areas controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition on the other.

This is horrible. These poor people.

About 3,000 buildings collapsed in Turkey after the initial quake, Mr. Erdogan said, and more than 5,000 people were injured. He said, we do not know where the number of dead and injured will go.

What an apocalyptic nightmare.

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