Devastating 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Turkey and Syria, Killing Over 600

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria on Tuesday, killing more than 600 people and leaving many more trapped in the rubble.

The quake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time, with the epicenter in the province of Elazig in eastern Turkey, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said. The quake was felt across the Middle East, including in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.

The quake caused severe damage in the area, with many buildings collapsing and trapping people inside. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the government had sent more than 1,000 search and rescue personnel to the region.

The quake also caused some disruption to oil pipelines in the region, but officials said the flow of oil had resumed after being temporarily halted.

The earthquake is the latest in a series of natural disasters to hit Turkey in recent years, with the country experiencing several large quakes in the last decade.

This story is still developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.