Second earthquake rocks Turkey and Syria as death toll from first quake reaches 1,300

Rescuers search for victims of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Diyarbakir, Turkey, in this video grab from AFP TV taken Feb. 6, 2023.

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A second earthquake of 7.6 magnitude has struck southern Turkey within 12 hours of a first massive earthquake that has already claimed hundreds of Turkish and Syrian lives, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

AFAD said the second quake took place at 13:32 local time at a 7km depth and had its epicenter in the Elbistan region of the Kahramanmaras province.

Earlier on Monday, roughly 1,300 lives were lost as a first powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

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