Another 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits southeast Turkey, felt in Lebanon

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A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey Monday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said, hours after an earlier quake killed more than 1,400 people in the region.

The shallow quake hit at 1:24 pm (1024 GMT) four kilometers (2.5 miles) south-southeast of the town of Ekinozu.

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Syrian state media also reported that an earthquake had hit the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday.

Residents in the Iraqi provinces of Dohuk and Mosul and the Kurdish capital Erbil reported feeling a light tremor, state media said, following the earthquake in Syria.

More than 1,400 people were killed and thousands injured earlier in the day when a huge earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria, pulversing apartment blocks and heaping more destruction on Syrian cities already devastated by years of war.

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The magnitude 7.8 quake, which hit in the early darkness of a winter morning, worst to strike Turkey this century. It was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. It was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake, magnitude 7.7.

It was not immediately clear how much damage had been done by the second quake, also felt across the region as rescue workers were struggling to pull casualties from rubble in bitter weather.


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