A second quake of magnitude 7.6 struck southeastern Turkey’s Kahramanmaras region, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) confirmed. It followed the first deadly 7.8 magnitude quake that took place just hours prior to the second one killing over 1,400 and leveling buildings. Tremors were felt as far as Greenland.

The second quake happened at a depth of 4.3 miles and the epicenter was the Elbistan region of Kahramanmaras province. The impact was also heavily felt in neighboring Syria. Raed Ahmed, the head of Syria’s National Earthquake Centre, called it “the biggest earthquake recorded in the history of the center”. At least 560 people died in rebel and government-controlled parts of Syria.

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Video of a Turkish news reporter fleeing and screaming as he ran from a scene of a building collapse was seen on their national television as the second quake hit the area. the video has now gone viral on Twitter.

As the camera swung around to capture the spot from where both the reporter, as well as the cameraman, has fled, it could be seen engulfed in smoke and dust.

The devastating earthquakes slammed Turkey and Syria within a 12-hour period, over 2,500 people have died. As numerous buildings have collapsed and there are believed to be many people trapped in the wreckage, the death toll is expected to grow even as search and rescue efforts are underway around the region.

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1,014 people were killed, 5,383 were injured, and 2,818 buildings fell in Turkey, according to official statistics. According to the health ministry in Syria, 1,042 people have been hurt and more than 326 have died. In addition to those numbers, the White Helmets rescue service in the northwest of Syria in areas not under government control reported 221 deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 1,561.

Following the earthquake that struck Turkey, more than 10 search and rescue teams from the European Union have been activated, according to a representative for the European Commission. The US, UK, Israel, Russia, China, and other countries have also made public support promises.

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The first earthquake, which occurred while people were sleeping and had a magnitude of 7.8, was one of the strongest ones to hit the area in at least a century. As far away as Cairo and Cyprus, it was felt. The second significant earthquake, which measured 7.7 magnitude and occurred at a depth of 2 km, was centred 67 kilometres (42 miles) northeast of Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, according to early data from the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Over a hundred minor aftershocks have occurred.