China News Service, February 6 (Xinhua) According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, a natural gas pipeline in Hatay Province in southern Turkey exploded and caught fire on the 6th.

  According to reports, a natural gas pipeline in Hatay Province was shaken by a strong earthquake earlier on the 6th.

The pipe later exploded and started a fire.

The explosions occurred in two different parts of the gas pipeline, about 3 kilometers apart.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the explosion was directly related to the earthquake.

  Turkey's state-owned energy company Bottas previously announced that the destructive earthquake did not affect the operation of energy pipelines.

  According to reports, the company wrote in a statement, "After the inspection, no damage to the pipeline was found." At present, as a precautionary measure, the company has decided to suspend the delivery of natural gas to some areas near the epicenter.

On February 6, local time, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Gaziantep, Turkey, and buildings were damaged.

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  On the 6th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks occurred in Turkey, and many countries in the region felt the earthquake strongly.

According to the latest data from CNN, the earthquake has killed more than 300 people in Turkey and Syria and injured nearly 2,000 people.

  The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.8-magnitude quake was one of the strongest to hit Turkey in 100 years.