Second quake hits Turkey and Syria, felt in Armenia

A second earthquake has struck in south-eastern Turkey, with its epicenter near the city of Kahramanmaras (Marash).

The US Geological Survey said it had measured the strength of the quake to be 7.5 magnitude.

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan says 912 people were killed in Turkey alone, and 5,383 wounded, due to the earthquake that struck the country early on Monday.

This is the country’s largest disaster since 1939, Erdogan told reporters, adding that 2,818 buildings collapsed as a result.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has updated its preliminary death toll to 320 for the whole of Syria shortly before 07:00 GMT.

Meanwhile, Syria’s President Bashar Assad chaired an emergency meeting early this morning.

According to the Armenian National Survey for Seismic Protection, the second earthquake was felt in Armenia’s capital Yerevan and the city of Gyumri in Shirak province.

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