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Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll surpasses 19,000, rescue efforts continue

The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria climbed above 19,000, as rescuers raced to save survivors.

People sit around a fire next to rubble and damages near the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 8, 2023. (Image: Reuters)Premium
People sit around a fire next to rubble and damages near the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 8, 2023. (Image: Reuters)

Five back-to-back earthquakes since Monday have killed over 19,000 people and left tens of thousands injured in Turkey and Syria. 

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 centered in the Pazarcik district jolted Kahramanmaras and hit several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis. Later in the day, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude centred in Kahramanmaras's Elbistan district jolted the region.

The earthquake was also felt in several neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Syria. The third earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Goksun, Turkey. The United Nations said the first quake of magnitude 7.8 that had hit southern Turkey early Monday was the county's most powerful quake in more than 80 years. 

Meanwhile, the Turkish president on Tuesday declared a ‘state of emergency ’ in 10 worst-hit provinces for the next 3 months.

 

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07 Feb 2023, 11:44:03 AM IST

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: How satellites can help rescue efforts?

In disasters like the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and 7.5-magnitude aftershock that struck Syria and Turkey on February 6, 2023, international cooperation on satellite imaging plays a crucial role in the rescue and recovery efforts.

Such data enables humanitarian aid to better deliver water and food by mapping the condition of roads, bridges, buildings, and – most crucially – identifying populations trying to escape potential aftershocks by gathering in stadiums or other open spaces. (The Conversation)

07 Feb 2023, 11:41:05 AM IST

Turkey calls for help as massive earthquake jolted nation

07 Feb 2023, 11:33:10 AM IST

Australia, NZ announces USD 11 million in aid for quake-hit Turkey, Syria

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins on Monday announced USD 11 million in aid for earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria, reported CNN.

Both leaders pledged a combined total of USD 11.5 million in aid for victims of the devastating earthquake. (ANI)

07 Feb 2023, 11:28:27 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: What Turkish President says? 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is facing “the strongest disaster in a century." Speaking on Monday before the second quake struck, he said it was impossible to speculate about the final death toll. Turkey later declared seven days of mourning.

07 Feb 2023, 11:10:02 AM IST

Earthquake: Indian rescue team reaches Turkey, second plane ready for departure

07 Feb 2023, 11:07:18 AM IST

After Turkey earthquake, former Chelsea forward Atsu missing

Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu is missing and believed to be trapped under rubble following the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey and left more than 2,500 people dead.

The Ghana international, who plays for Turkish club Hatayspor, is thought to be in a building that was destroyed, Hatayspor spokesman Mustafa Özat said, according to Turkish media.

Özat said club director Taner Savut was also believed to be in a building that collapsed and club officials couldn't contact both men. They were likely trapped, Özat said. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 11:02:00 AM IST

Photos show aftermath of 4 earthquakes that struck Turkey, Syria

07 Feb 2023, 10:56:14 AM IST

What is the reason behind horrifying devastation of Turkey after earthquake? 

Many of the collapsed buildings appear to have been built from concrete without adequate seismic reinforcement.

Seismic building codes in this region suggest these buildings should be able to sustain strong earthquakes (where the ground accelerates by 30% to 40% of the normal gravity) without incurring this type of complete failure.

The 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes appear to have caused shaking in the range of 20 to 50% of gravity. A proportion of these buildings thus failed at shaking intensities lower than the “design code".

There are well-known problems in Turkey and elsewhere with ensuring safe building construction and adherence to seismic building codes. Similar building collapses have been seen in past earthquakes in Turkey. In 1999, a huge quake near Izmit saw some 17,000 people dead and as many as 20,000 buildings collapse.

After a quake in 2011 in which hundreds of people died, Turkey’s then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, blamed shoddy construction for the high death toll, saying: “Municipalities, constructors and supervisors should now see that their negligence amounts to murder." (The Conversation)

07 Feb 2023, 10:48:47 AM IST

A glance at the world's deadliest earthquakes since 2000

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Turkey and Syria on Monday, killing more than 4,000 people in the two countries. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers working in cold and snow look for trapped people in the rubble of toppled buildings.

Read more here

07 Feb 2023, 10:42:13 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: Death toll near 3,000; rescue op continues

Rescue teams worked early on Tuesday to release people trapped in the rubble of buildings in southern Turkey as the death toll in the country from a devastating earthquake a day earlier rose to nearly 3,000.

Nearly 8,000 people have been rescued from 4,758 buildings destroyed in the tremors a day earlier, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said in its latest statement.

07 Feb 2023, 10:35:21 AM IST

China to give Turkey 40 mn yuan in emergency aid for earthquake relief

China will give a first tranche of 40 million yuan ($5.9 million) in emergency aid to help Turkey's relief efforts after this week's major earthquake, state broadcaster CCTV said on Tuesday.

China's Red Cross will give emergency aid of $200,000 each to Turkey and Syria, it added. (Reuters)

07 Feb 2023, 10:31:48 AM IST

Turkey: See images of old Gazintap castle before and after earthquake

07 Feb 2023, 10:27:27 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: Night fills with screams as rescue ops continue

The screams of people still trapped in the rubble filled the night early on Tuesday and relatives wept for their loved ones as the death toll in Turkey and in neighbouring northwest Syria rose to more than 4,300. 

The magnitude 7.8 quake rippled through both countries early on Monday, toppling entire apartment blocks, wrecking hospitals, and leaving thousands more people injured or homeless.

Read more here

07 Feb 2023, 10:23:14 AM IST

Spain's aid for Turkey following earthquake

Spain was preparing to send two Urban Search and Rescue teams to Turkey with 85 personnel, and a contingent of volunteer firefighters.

07 Feb 2023, 10:18:07 AM IST

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: What we know so far

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday morning, killing more than 4,300 people and toppling thousands of buildings across a wide region. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaziantep about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from the town of Nurdagi.

07 Feb 2023, 10:10:40 AM IST

Earthquake: Take a look at horrifying visuals of Turkey | Watch video

07 Feb 2023, 10:05:23 AM IST

Are earthquakes common in Syria and Turkey? Researcher replies

The quake occurred in a seismically active area known as the East Anatolian fault zone, which has produced damaging earthquakes in the past.

“Almost all of Turkey is really seismically active," said Eric Sandvol, a seismologist at the University of Missouri. “This is not something new to the country."

Turkey was struck by another major earthquake in January 2020 — a magnitude 6.7 that caused significant damage in the eastern part of the country. In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude quake struck near Istanbul and killed an estimated 18,000 people.

07 Feb 2023, 10:00:46 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake left people in tears | See pics

07 Feb 2023, 09:57:25 AM IST

Earthquake: Mexican soldiers prepared to help Turkey

Mexican soldiers and Navy personnel prepare before boarding an Air Force plane with search and rescue teams to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at the Santa Lucia Military airbase, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico February 6, 2023. (Reuters)
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Mexican soldiers and Navy personnel prepare before boarding an Air Force plane with search and rescue teams to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at the Santa Lucia Military airbase, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico February 6, 2023. (Reuters)
07 Feb 2023, 09:53:28 AM IST

South Korea sends 60-member rescue team to Turkey

South Korea will dispatch a 60-person search and rescue team and also send medical supplies.

In announcing the plan Tuesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol described Turkey as a “brother nation" that sent troops to fight alongside South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War. Turkey lost more than 700 of its forces in action. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 09:50:23 AM IST

Why Turkey-Syria earthquake was devastating? 

The earthquake was powerful — especially for a quake that hit on land. Typically, very strong earthquakes occur underwater, Margarita Segou, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said.

On top of that, the quake hit near heavily populated areas. The epicenter was near Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital in Turkey.

The affected regions were also home to vulnerable buildings, said Kishor Jaiswal, a USGS structural engineer.

While new buildings in cities like Istanbul were designed with modern earthquake standards in mind, this area of southern Turkey has many older high-rise buildings, Jaiswal said. Rapid construction in Syria — plus years of war — may have also left structures vulnerable, researchers said.

Officials reported thousands of buildings collapsed in the wake of the earthquake. They included “pancake" collapses, where upper floors of a building fall straight down onto the lower floors — a sign that the buildings couldn't absorb the shaking, Jaiswal said. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 09:43:18 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: NDRF team prepared to help quake-hit country 

New Delhi: Members of NDRF Search and Rescue Teams along with relief material and specially trained dog squads aboard the IAF's aircraft as they leave for earthquake-hit Turkey. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_07_2023_000007A)
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New Delhi: Members of NDRF Search and Rescue Teams along with relief material and specially trained dog squads aboard the IAF's aircraft as they leave for earthquake-hit Turkey. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_07_2023_000007A)
07 Feb 2023, 09:39:24 AM IST

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: What researchers said? 

Researchers said the earthquake was a strike-slip quake, where two tectonic plates slide past each other horizontally.

The Earth is divided up into different pieces, “kind of like a jigsaw puzzle," said Eric Sandvol, a seismologist at the University of Missouri.

Those pieces meet at fault lines, where the plates usually grind against each other slowly. But once enough tension builds up, they can snap past each other quickly, releasing a large amount of energy.

In this case, one plate moved west while the other moved east — jerking past each other to create the quake, Hatem said.

Over time, aftershocks will start to die down and become less frequent, Sandvol said. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 09:31:44 AM IST

Earthquake: What Turkish health minister said on rescue op?

According to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, who spoke during a news conference carried out live on CNN Turk on Monday evening from Hatay Emergency Coordination Center, the weather and the scale of the disaster are creating challenges for aid teams.

"The weather conditions and the scale of the disaster make it hard for our teams to reach the region," Koca said, adding "our helicopters could not take off today due to weather conditions." (ANI)

07 Feb 2023, 09:23:51 AM IST

How India extending help to earthquake-stricken Turkey | See Images

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel along with a specially trained dog squad and necessary equipment has departed from Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad to carry out search and rescue operations in Turkey. India has sent the NDRF team to Turkey after earthquakes jolted Turkey and Syria on Monday.

Speaking to ANI, Deepak Talwar, Deputy Commandant, NDRF, who is leading the first NDRF team from India to Turkey, said, "This team is consisting of 47 NDRF personnel and three senior officers to perform recovery and response work as per the United Nations guidelines."

He further said, "We have received the orders for two teams. First team is about to move very soon and second team will be leaving in the morning. We're going for disaster response & after that, humanitarian aid will be provided as per Government of India guidelines."

07 Feb 2023, 09:19:35 AM IST

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: Death toll rises to more than 4,300

At least 4,372 deaths have been confirmed in Turkey and Syria due to the earthquake, according to officials and agencies.

Turkey's toll rose to 2,921 as of Tuesday morning, while in Syria, 1,451 deaths and 3,531 injuries have been reported. 

Rescuers search for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of a building in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast on February 7, 2023. (AFP)
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Rescuers search for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of a building in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast on February 7, 2023. (AFP)
07 Feb 2023, 09:07:32 AM IST

Earthquake in Turkey splits only runway at Hatay Airport | Watch

07 Feb 2023, 09:03:33 AM IST

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes central Turkey region: Report

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes central Turkey region, according to EMSC report as quoted by Reuters. 

07 Feb 2023, 09:00:13 AM IST

Deadly earthquake shakes thousands in Turkey, Syria

Rescuers search for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. (AFP)
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Rescuers search for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. (AFP)
07 Feb 2023, 08:50:25 AM IST

Earthquake: More than 5,500 buildings flattened in Turkey, Syria

More than 5,600 buildings collapsed across several cities in Turkey and Syria due to three powerful earthquakes. 

07 Feb 2023, 08:41:12 AM IST

Deadly earthquake exacerbates suffering of displaced Syrians

A steady stream of injured flowed into an overwhelmed hospital in the town of Darkush, in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Monday, after a deadly earthquake struck the region. Mothers hovered over crying children.

Amid the chaos, one man sat with a dazed expression, his face covered with abrasions.

The man, Osama Abdul Hamid, barely made it out alive with his wife and four children from his apartment building in the nearby village of Azmarin. Many of their neighbors were not so lucky.

“The building is four stories, and from three of them, no one made it out," Abdul Hamid said, breaking down in tears. “God gave me a new lease on life." (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 08:34:58 AM IST

Earthquake toll for Turkey rises to 2,921: Report

The death toll in Turkey from a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake rose to 2,921, the country's relief agency AFAD announced Tuesday.

The new count brings the confirmed death toll in Turkey and neighbouring Syria to 4,365, after a quake considered to be the strongest to hit the region in nearly a century. (AFP)

07 Feb 2023, 08:30:30 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: Here's what Turkish Vice President said

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said such a disaster could hit “once in a hundred years" and that his country should be prepared for the death toll to rise.

Oktay also said some 145 aftershocks have been registered following the deadly quake overnight, with three that were larger than 6.0 magnitude. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 08:26:41 AM IST

Building collapses as 3 massive earthquake hits Turkey | Watch 

Turkey was hit by three powerful earthquakes in 24 hours. On Monday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 centered in the Pazarcik district jolted Kahramanmaras and hit several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis, as per the Anadolu Agency report. 

Read more here

07 Feb 2023, 08:19:01 AM IST

Italy, Spain, Slovakia offered rescue teams to Turkey

Italy, Spain, and Slovakia have offered their rescue teams to Turkey as well.

They said the EU’s Copernicus satellite system had also been activated to provide emergency mapping services.

07 Feb 2023, 08:14:52 AM IST

Russian President dials Syrian counterpart after earthquake

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar Assad in a phone call that Moscow will deliver urgent aid and send rescue workers to assist the earthquake-hit country. 

The Russian military in Syria has deployed 10 units numbering 300 people that started clearing the debris and searching for survivors, the Russian Defense Ministry said. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 08:09:42 AM IST

Romania, Spain, Poland join EU's efforts to help Turkey

Romania, Spain, and Poland joined a European Union effort, sending rescuers, medics, dogs, and specialized equipment. While most of the international aid was headed for Turkey, Russia said it also planned to send assistance directly to its close ally Syria.

07 Feb 2023, 08:04:55 AM IST

Turkish schools closed till Feb 13 following deadly earthquake

Turkey’s minister of education said schools throughout the country’s 81 provinces would be closed until Feb. 13 following the deadly earthquake.

Schools were closed for a two-week holiday and were set to open Monday but had remained shut in some cities because of snowstorms. (AP) 

07 Feb 2023, 08:00:47 AM IST

Earthquake-hit Syria calls on UN for help

War-ravaged Syria is calling on the United Nations and all member states to help with rescue efforts, health services, shelter and food aid following a massive earthquake that killed thousands in Syria and Turkey.

Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh told reporters the U.N. secretary-general “assured us that the U.N. will do all it’s possible in helping Syria in this very difficult situation." Sabbagh said he had delivered a letter to Guterres from the country’s foreign minister requesting help. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 07:54:48 AM IST

US President Joe Biden calls Turkey counterpart after earthquake

President Joe Biden called Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to express condolences. The White House in statement said that Biden underscored “the readiness of the United States to provide any and all needed assistance" to its NATO ally Turkey.

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the Biden administration was sending two, 79-person urban search and rescue teams to support Turkey’s efforts.

Biden and Erdogan discussed other assistance that may be needed by people affected by the earthquakes, including health services or basic relief items, according to the White House. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 07:49:25 AM IST

India sends earthquake relief material to Turkey

07 Feb 2023, 07:46:43 AM IST

List of world's deadliest earthquakes since 2000, check here

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Turkey and Syria on Monday, killing more than 4,000 people in the two countries.

- June 22, 2022: In Afghanistan, more than 1,100 people die in a magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

- August 14, 2021: In Haiti, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake kills more than 2,200 people.

- September 28, 2018: A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Indonesia, killing more than 4,300 people.

- August 24, 2016: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in central Italy kills more than 300 people.

- April 25, 2015: In Nepal, more than 8,800 people are killed by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

- August 3, 2014: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake near Wenping, China, kills more than 700 people. 

- January 26, 2001: A magnitude 7.7 quake strikes Gujarat in India, killing 20,000 people. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 07:39:52 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: Survivors cry out for help from within mountain of debris

Survivors cried out for help from within mountains of debris as first responders contended with rain and snow. Seismic activity continued to rattle the region, including another jolt nearly as powerful as the initial quake. Workers carefully pulled away slabs of concrete and reached for bodies as desperate families waited for news of loved ones.

“My grandson is 1 1/2 years old. Please help them, please. ... They were on the 12th floor," Imran Bahur wept by her destroyed apartment building in the Turkish city of Adana on Monday. 

Tens of thousands who were left homeless in Turkey and Syria faced a night in the cold. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 07:34:26 AM IST

Turkey Earthquake: Death toll rises to more than 4,000

Rescuers in Turkey and war-ravaged Syria searched through the frigid night into Tuesday, hoping to pull more survivors from the rubble after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 4,000 people and toppled thousands of buildings across a wide region. (AP)

07 Feb 2023, 07:27:51 AM IST

India sends over 101 NDRF personnel sent to quake stricken Turkey

“The teams are sent to help in conducting the rescue & relief operations. About 101 NDRF personnel from two teams, one of the Eight battalion at Ghaziabad and the other from the Second battalion at Kolkata, will be going for this mission," said Mohsen Shahedi, DIG, Operation & Training NDRF.

07 Feb 2023, 07:18:43 AM IST

Visuals of building collapse in Turkey during earthquake | Watch video

07 Feb 2023, 07:16:15 AM IST

Japan sending 75 rescue workers to Turkey

Japan is sending a group of about 75 rescue workers to earthquake-stricken Turkey. 

07 Feb 2023, 07:10:17 AM IST

Take a look at building collapses in earthquake-hit Turkey | Watch

07 Feb 2023, 07:06:22 AM IST

Dozens of countries send aid, personnel to quake-stricken Turkey

Many governments including European Union, the United States, Israel, Germany, Britain, Egypt, Poland, and others have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel, and equipment to help the rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria.

07 Feb 2023, 07:00:12 AM IST

‘Turkey facing strongest disaster in a century’: Turkish President

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is facing “the strongest disaster in a century." Speaking before the second quake, he said it was impossible to speculate about the final death toll. Turkey later declared seven days of mourning. (Bloomberg)

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