Strong earthquake hits Turkey, killing at least 10 – and felt elsewhere in the Middle East

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake has shaken southeastern Turkey, killing at least 10 people according to authorities.

The quake was centred about 33km (20 miles) from Gaziantep at a depth of 10km (6 miles) and there were five powerful aftershocks, according to reports.

Several buildings have been destroyed as people gathered outside on snowy streets, according to images on state broadcaster TRT.

The earthquake was also felt in Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus.

Syria’s state media reported that some buildings collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo and the central city of Hama.

In Beirut and Damascus, there were reports of buildings shaking and people gathering on streets in fear.

Turkey sits on top of major fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.

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