One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the area in at least a century, a 7.8-magnitude tremor slammed early on Monday, killing more than 1,300 people in Turkey and Syria. The earthquake destroyed significant areas of major cities in a region where millions of refugees have fled the Syrian civil war and other conflicts, inflicting thousands more injuries. The number of fatalities was anticipated to increase as rescue personnel and locals frantically looked for survivors among the wreckage of collapsed buildings in cities on both sides of the border.
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