Turkey: Turkey's southeast is struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, causes many casualties

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Turkey Live Update: Turkey's southeast is struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, causes many casualties

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10th February, 2023

The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have resulted in over 21,000 fatalities. Vice President Fuat Oktay claims that at least 18,342 people have died in Turkey, compared to 3,377 recorded fatalities in Syria.
Turkey will receive $1.78 billion in relief and recovery funding from the World Bank.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) of Turkey has reported that there have already been 18,342 fatalities and 74,242 injuries.

It continued, "There have been 1,509 aftershocks."
It stated that more than 121,000 people were involved in the rescue and relief efforts, and that 75,780 earthquake victims had been evacuated from the earthquake zone in southern Turkey.

It continued, "There have been 1,509 aftershocks."

09th February 2023:

Latest Update:

Following criticism of his administration's handling of the catastrophic earthquake that has claimed over 15,000 lives in Turkey and Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged "shortcomings" on Wednesday.
The disaster's vast scope has overwhelmed relief efforts that were already impeded by the frigid weather and destroyed thousands of buildings, trapping an unknown number of people.

Foraging for food and shelter has been left up to the survivors, who in some cases have had to watch helplessly as their loved ones begged for aid before going silent under the rubble.

Earlier Reported

A strong magnitude 7.8 earthquake that slammed Turkey and Syria early on Monday has left more than 5100 people dead and hundreds more injured. As rescue efforts go on, officials continue to update the death toll.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake, one of the greatest to impact the area in more than 100 years, occurred 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles) beneath the surface in Turkey's Gaziantep province, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi.

Hours after the initial earthquake, the area was hit by a number of powerful aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 7.5.

The world community has been urged to assist Turkey's disaster agency in its search and rescue efforts.

Live updates on the Turkey and Syria earthquake:

Search for survivors amid an outpouring of relief; over 5,100 dead

A day after three devastating earthquakes rocked Turkey, killing more than 5,000 people so far, two more quakes with magnitudes 5.6 and 5.7 struck the country on Tuesday. These earthquakes were also felt in Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. There were numerous aftershocks that followed the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Few hours later, a second powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck central Turkey, sending rescuers and survivors into a state of terror. Another 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the area in the evening, resulting in additional damage and fatalities.

Earlier Reported:

Casualties till now, over 5100 individuals were killed on Monday in the strongest earthquake to hit Turkey and Syria in a century, which also spurred frantic rescue efforts and was felt as far away as Greenland.

Massive portions of major Turkish cities were completely destroyed by the 7.8-magnitude early morning earthquake, which was followed by dozens of aftershocks in a region where millions of people have fled the civil war in Syria and other crises.


Rescuers peeled up debris with heavy machinery and their bare hands in search of survivors, some of whom they could hear pleading for assistance beneath the rubble.

Over 5100 people killed due to this deadliest earthquake so far; the number of fatalities may increase; the rescue operation is on war footing.

Over 5100 people have died so far as a result of a strong earthquake that struck Gaziantep in southeast Turkey, close to the Syrian border.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in the city of Gaziantep at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) with a depth of 17.9 kilometres (11 miles).

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was around 26 kilometres (16 miles) from the town of Nurdagi and 33 kilometres (20 miles) from Gaziantep. The US Geological Survey determined that its centre was 18 kilometres (11 miles) below the surface.

Pazarcik, a town in the province of Kahramanmaras, serves as the administrative centre for Turkey's disaster and emergency management organisation.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Turkish city of Ankara, but it was also felt throughout the surrounding area.

There are tales of people being trapped after several buildings fell.

More than people, according to local Turkish officials, have died, although the death toll has been gradually increasing.

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

Cyprus, Lebanon, and Syria also felt the strong tremor.

Turkey is located in one of the seismically active Zone of the planet Earth.

In 1999, a devastating earthquake that shook the country's north-west claimed the lives of almost 17,000 people.

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