Over 500 dead as powerful earthquake jolts Turkey and Syria
Flames of fire after a building collapsed in Turkey: Photo grabbed from a video on social media

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The death toll in the deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria rose to 5000 on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of aftershocks were felt in Turkey and Syria since the deadly earthquake on Monday morning. The earthquake has left millions of people left homeless.

Over 5000 people were dead and thousands injured when a powerful earthquake jolted various cities in Turkey and Syria on Monday morning. A major earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria affecting millions of people. The quake, which hit in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

“I have never felt anything like it in the 40 years I’ve lived,” said Erdem, a resident of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the quake’s epicenter, who declined to give his surname. “We were shaken at least three times very strongly, like a baby in a crib.”

More than 1500 people have been killed and thousands were injured in Turkey and Syria after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Turkey early Monday.

Rescuers are now frantically searching for survivors after the powerful quake shook the region, causing multiple aftershocks and sending tremors as far away as Lebanon and Israel.

Videos widely shared on social media show women and children running from the collapsed buildings chanting slogans of Allah o Akbar (God is great). Videos show high buildings collapsing. The Hue and cry of the victims can be heard. The earthquake has sent shock waves across the globe with people fearing aftershocks.

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