A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shocked southeast Turkey killing at least 1,300 people in the region according to the Associated Press.
The quake knocked down a number of buildings, according to reports.
The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered about 20 miles from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital.
It was centered 11 miles deep, according to the Survey.
A strong 6.7 aftershock rumbled about 10 minutes later.