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Dramatic pictures from Turkey show a column of flames erupting from a pile of containers that overturned following the high-magnitude earthquakes in the country on Monday. The wall of containers caught fire in the Iskenderun Port in Hatay this morning, after the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Turkish officials have declared a week of national mourning as rescuers continue to comb through the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Monday’s earthquakes in the country and neighbouring Syria razed thousands of buildings to the ground, with some tremors clocking in at 7.8 and 7.5 on the Richter scale. The latest figures have confirmed that more than 4,800 people have died so far, with many more people unaccounted for as temperatures plummeted below zero overnight. Orhan Tatar, an official at the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the newest figures bring the combined death toll in Turkey and Syria to 4,890. Mr Tartar added that the earthquakes injured another 20,426 people and collapsed 5,775 buildings. 


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