Earthquakes that killed 7,200 in Turkey, Syria are among the deadliest in recent history

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The powerful earthquakes that shook Turkey and Syria this week are among the most devastating and deadliest quakes in recent history.

The death toll surpassed 7,200 across the two countries on Tuesday, and officials said the numbers would likely rise.

A magnitude 7.8 quake struck at 4:17 a.m. local time Monday in the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras, U.S. 

Geological Survey said. Hours later, a 7.5 magnitude quake hit more than 60 miles away. Scores of violent aftershocks followed both quakes and continued into Tuesday.

More than 6,000 buildings were toppled. In addition to the climbing death toll, tens of thousands of injuries have been reported. Rescue workers from around the world were on the ground Tuesday searching through debris for signs of life – but amid the widespread damage, relief still struggled to reach some devastated towns.