Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport

At least 17 people were killed in Turkey when a strong 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country’s south in the early hours of Monday, toppling buildings and sending residents running into the streets as aftershocks were felt across the region.

The quake struck 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. Nurdagi is located along the Turkey-Syria border and the quake was felt in several countries across the region, including Syria and Lebanon.

Video shared on social media show dozens of collapsed buildings, while frightened residents huddled on the dark streets amid the chaos. Rescue workers can be seen conducting search-and-rescue operations.

The governor of Sanliurfa province, Salih Ayhan, told CNN affiliate CNN Turk that at least 12 people have died in his province alone. At least 34 buildings had collapsed, according to preliminary data, Erdinç Yılmaz, governor of the southern Osmaniye province, told CNN Turk.

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