Strong earthquake hits Turkey – and felt elsewhere in the Middle East

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake has shaken central Turkey.

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

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

There is no immediate information about casualties.

The earthquake was also felt in Syria and Lebanon.

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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