On Monday strongest earthquake devastated Turkey and Syria. 7.8 magnitude powerful earthquake killed about 1,700 people and injured thousands.
The magnitude 7.8 quake, which hit before sunrise was the worst to strike Turkey this century. It was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake of magnitude 7.7.
The quakes and aftershocks toppled buildings and sent rescuers scrambling through the rubble to find survivors.
The death toll was expected to rise, with experts warning that aftershocks could continue for days or weeks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter that “search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched” to the areas hit by the quake.
An official from Turkey’s disaster management agency said it was a new earthquake, not an aftershock, though its effects were not immediately clear. Hundreds of aftershocks were expected after the two temblors, Orhan Tatar told reporters.
Meanwhile, In Syria, already wrecked by more than 11 years of civil war, the health ministry said about 430 people had been killed and more than 1,000 injured. In the Syrian rebel-held northwest, a United Nations spokesperson said 255 people had died.