It was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Turkey, even shaking buildings hundreds of miles away in Israel.
Most of the initial casualties from the magnitude 7.8 temblor that hit early Monday were in Turkey and neighboring Syria. The two countries have reported a total of over 2,100 deaths, but the toll was expected to increase.
Here are some pictures showing the aftermath of the earthquake.
An injured girl was helped from a badly damaged building in Jandaris, near the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria.
A building in Diyarbakir, Turkey, that was badly damaged by the earthquake.
Rescuers carried out a girl from a collapsed building in Diyarbakir.
Rescue crews and volunteers hunting for survivors in the rubble in Diyarbakir.
Body bags in a hospital in Afrin, Syria.
Rescue workers pull a boy from the rubble in Dana, in the Syrian province of Idlib, which is controlled by rebels.
The earthquake leveled buildings in the Turkish city of Malatya.
Residents looking toward a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey.
Turkish emergency workers helping a victim in Diyarbakir.
More damage in Malatya.
The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, tries to extract a man from the rubble in Azaz, a town near the border with Turkey.
An injured child awaiting treatment at the Bab al-Hawa Hospital in Idlib Province.
A four-story building leveled in Gaziantep, Turkey.
An apartment building was left uninhabitable in Kahramanmaras, Turkey.
The earthquake severely damaged the historical Yeni Mosque in Malatya.