ISTANBUL - (UPDATE) A strong earthquake jolted Trkiye's southern province of Kahramanmaras early Monday, according to the country's disaster agency.
Reports said at least 100 people died from the quake that struck at 4:17 a.m., said Trkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). The epicenter was located in Pazarcik district.
The quake has a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles).
It was followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake that struck southeastern Gaziantep province.
A third earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude also hit Gaziantep.
The initial earthquake was also felt in other southeastern provinces including Diyarbakir and neighboring countries including Lebanon and Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter to convey get well wishes to citizens affected by the initial earthquake.
He added that AFAD and other units are "on alert."
He noted that rescue teams were immediately dispatched to areas affected by the earthquake.
"Our Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health, AFAD, provincial governorships and all other institutions started their work rapidly.
"We are also coordinating our work after the earthquake. We hope that we will get through this disaster together as soon as possible and with the least damage, and we continue our work," he added.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that six earthquakes with magnitudes above 6 had hit the country so far early Monday.
Soylu added that the earthquakes had affected several provinces including Gaziantep, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adyaman, Adana, Diyarbakr, Kilis and Sanliurfa.
"Our rescue teams have been dispatched to the region. Our cargo planes were prepared and shipped to the region."
He noted that the country issued a level-4 alarm, which includes a call for international aid. (Anadolu)