Foreign Office issues travel warning after massive earthquake hits Turkey

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By Linsey McNeill
06/02/2023
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At least 500 people died after a devastating 7.8 earthquake struck southeast Turkey in the early hours of this morning.

The quake hit the town of Gaziantep, close to Turkey’s border with Syria.

Tremors were felt as far away as Cyprus and Lebanon, to the south of the epicentre, and Lebanon

At least 284 people died in Turkey and over 230 died in Syria.

Over 2,000 people were injured.

The Foreign Office urged travellers to avoid the whole of the southeast region of Turkey. It added: “There have been several strong after-shocks. You should avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

In addition to Gaziantep, nine other provinces have been affected. They are Hatay, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Sanliurfa, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Adana and Malatya.

Rescuers are trying to save people trapped beneath the rubble after hundreds of buildings collapsed in both Turkey and Syria.

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