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A series of strong earthquakes struck central Turkey overnight.

The strongest earthquake at 3:17 a.m. Bulgarian time was 7.8 on the Richter scale.

"The earthquake was the strongest in the last 10 years in this area. The event was felt throughout the territory of Turkey and was slightly felt in Bulgaria, Romania and even Albania," Assoc. Plamena Raykova, a seismologist from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, told "Your Day".

Earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale in Southeast Turkey, dozens of buildings have been destroyed

According to her, aftershocks will be registered for at least a year.

"Stronger events will be observed in the first month, it is not possible to say with what magnitude. They will probably be around 5 on the Richter scale and below. They will probably be felt on the territory of Turkey, but not on Bulgaria, if they are weak. Those with a magnitude between 5 and 6 are likely to be weakly felt in our country," she explained.