Turkey-Syria earthquake kills more than 1,000

White helmet rescuers in Afrin, Syria, on February 6.
White helmet rescuers in Afrin, Syria, on February 6. (Zana Halil/dia images/DVM/Abaca/Sipa USA/AP)

A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Turkey early Monday morning, injuring thousands in both countries and killing at least 1,388 in Turkey and Syria.

In Syria, at least 476 people were killed, 326 of them mainly in the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartus, according to the Syrian state news agency, which also reported at least 1,042 wounded. Of those killed, at least 139 were in Latakia, its governor told Syrian state television.

Meanwhile, the White Helmets, officially known as the Syrian Civil Defense, also reported at least 150 dead and 350 wounded in rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria.

At least 912 people have been killed and 5,385 wounded in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised address on Monday.

An eyewitness on CNN said aftershocks could still be felt hours after the quake struck. Photos have also emerged showing the catastrophic aftermath of the quake, with entire buildings collapsing and cars overturned.

Rescuers are searching for survivors amid the rubble of collapsed infrastructure, while the port of Iskenderun and some airport runways in southern Turkey have been damaged.

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