Earthquake In Turkey – Above 600 Dead, Many Injured

 A strong Earthquake In Turkey near the Syrian border in southeast killed more than 500 people while they slept and trapped countless others

Only after three months after the heart-breaking blast, turkey is in immense grief again! 

7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey, Jordan, and northwest Syria killed more than 640.  Considering US Geological Survey, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Gaziantep occurred at 04:17 local time at a depth of 17.9 kilometers. According to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, 284 people have now died in Turkey. 

According to State Media, over 230 people died in Syria. The provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Tartus all reported fatalities, according to the Syrian Health Ministry. There are worries that the number of fatalities will sharply increase in the ensuing hours.

Rescue teams have been sent in to look for survivors under massive piles of rubble after numerous buildings have collapsed.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Says That

Ten cities, including Hatay, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras,  Sanliurfa, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, and Kilis, were reportedly affected, according to Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. 

Local authorities reported that almost 23 people died in the province of Malatya, which is Northeast of Gaziantep. To the East in Sanliurfa, there were 17 fatalities. Additional fatalities were also reported in Osmaniye and Diyarbakir. In Turkey, there were at least 2,323 injuries, and Syria had 639.

Perspectives Of Turkey’s Locals

Locals have spoken of their panic and fear as the strong earthquake struck in the early hours of the day. Samer, a resident of the Syrian capital Damascus, told Reuters that “paintings fell off the walls in the house.”

“I awoke in terror. We are all dressed and waiting at the door right now.” Erdem claimed to have been shaken around in the Turkish city of Gaziantep “like a baby in a crib.” 

In his 40 years of existence, he claimed, “I have never felt anything like it.” He spoke on the phone with Reuters. The general consensus is that “everyone is sitting in their cars or attempting to drive to open spaces away from buildings.” “I imagine that nobody in Gaziantep is at home right now.”

For more information:

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64533851 
  2. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-earthquake-today-gaziantep-map-news-b2276376.html
  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2023/02/05/turkey-earthquake-authorities-damage-victims/11194607002/

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