500+ Killed as 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Devastates Turkey and Syria

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Friday, leaving more than 500 people dead and several missing.

In the wake of the earthquake, horrific visuals have emerged of the destruction caused by the quake. Buildings have been knocked down and more than 70 people have been killed in the disaster.

The earthquake was felt across the Middle East, with reports of people in Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan feeling the effects of the quake.

According to the Turkish government, the quake was centered in the city of Sivrice, in the eastern part of the country. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake struck at a depth of 6 miles.

Rescue efforts are underway in both Turkey and Syria, with teams searching for survivors in the rubble. The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) has asked citizens to stay away from damaged buildings and to follow the instructions of local authorities.

The earthquake is the deadliest to hit Turkey since 1999, when an earthquake in the western part of the country left more than 17,000 people dead.