IP - A fresh earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck southern Türkiye on Monday afternoon, the country's disaster agency said.

Iran PressAsia: The strong quake, which struck at 1.24 p.m. (2100 GMT), was centered in the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Orhan Tatar, general director of earthquake and risk reduction at AFAD, said there is serious earthquake activity in the region and aftershocks up to 6.5 - 6.7 in magnitude will continue.

At least 1,014 people were killed and 5,385 others injured in 10 provinces after a strong earthquake jolted southern Türkiye on Monday morning.

Syria’s health ministry said that more than 326 people had been killed and 1,042 injured.

The White Helmets rescue team in rebelled control northwestern Syria said on Twitter that 147 people had died and more than 340 were injured in Syria in areas where it operates, Reuters reports. 

“The toll may increase as many families are still trapped,” it wrote. “Our teams are on the ground searching for survivors and removing the dead from the rubble.”

Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.


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