It must be noted that this happened in the middle of the night and there are many reports of people in a wide area caught under the ruins.
While Turkey may have the means to search for survivor, this seems to be a huge task, much less in Syria where they will have much less ability and engeneering equiptment.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:17 am local time Monday (8:17 pm ET Sunday) west of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The quake was felt most strongly in southern Turkey and northern Syria, but also affected parts of Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and the Caucus, according to the USGS.
The Associated Press reported that least five people in Turkey were killed, but we are hearing reports already of in the hundreds.
The truth is, first responders in both Turkey and Syria seem to be in the very beginning of work and such numbers cannot be trusted.