600+ Killed in 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria on Friday, leaving more than 600 people dead and hundreds of buildings destroyed.

The quake was felt across the Middle East and was centered in the Turkish province of Elazig. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter was about 15 miles northeast of Elazig and about 175 miles east of Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

At least 200 people have been killed in Turkey, while more than 400 have been killed in Syria. In Turkey, the quake caused buildings to collapse in the cities of Elazig and Malatya.

In Elazig, at least five people were killed and dozens of buildings were destroyed. In Malatya, the quake caused buildings to collapse and sent plumes of dust into the air.

The quake was also felt in neighboring countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel. In Iraq, the quake caused buildings to shake in the capital city of Baghdad.

Rescue teams are now on the ground searching for survivors. The Turkish government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas and has deployed military personnel to help with the relief effort.

This story is developing and more information will be released as it becomes available.