Powerful 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Turkey, Felt Across Middle East

A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Turkey on Tuesday, with tremors felt across the Middle East.

The quake struck at 8:55 a.m. local time, with an epicenter located in the Aegean Sea, about 12 miles from the Turkish coast and 78 miles from the Greek island of Samos.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake had a magnitude of 7.7.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning, with officials in Turkey and Greece advising residents to evacuate coastal areas.

At least 28 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in the quake, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

The quake caused significant damage in the region, with buildings collapsing and power outages reported in some areas.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known, and rescue efforts are ongoing.

The quake is the latest in a series of powerful earthquakes to hit the region in recent years. In October, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, and in 2017, two earthquakes of magnitude 6.7 and 6.4 struck the resort town of Bodrum.

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