The Director of the Emergency Situations Service of Turkey, Yunus Sezer, announced that the number of dead as a result of the earthquakes in the country has risen to 2,921, TASS quoted.

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According to the service, more than 14,000 people were injured and more than 6,000 buildings were destroyed in the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that occurred last night in Turkey and was followed by nearly 150 aftershocks, BTA adds.

The horror began in the early hours of Monday (Feb 6), around 04:00, when a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Turkey and Syria.

The epicenter - not far from the city of Gaziantep, which is close to the border with Syria, which is why the huge destruction in both countries.

Throughout the day there was a series of earthquakes, the strongest of which around noon - 7.5 on the Richter scale.

Seismic activity in the area continues at this time.

The earthquakes were so powerful that they caused explosions and fires in gas pipelines in southern Turkey.

Serious damage was also done to the energy infrastructure

The earthquake in Turkey and Syria