Turkey Earthquake Live Updates: More than 1,900 dead in Turkey and Syria after three devastating quakes hit: Thousands of structures near the Turkish-Syrian border were destroyed by a severe, pre-dawn earthquake and a string of intense aftershocks, leaving more than 1,900 people dead as of Monday. According to the USGS, the magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred at 4:17 a.m. local time. There were at least 20 aftershocks, according to authorities. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck more than 60 miles away hours later.
More than 1,100 people were reported dead and at least 5,300 injured, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the Syrian Health Ministry, more than 430 people have died and 1,000 have been injured in government-controlled parts of Syria. The White Helmets of Syrian Civil Defense report that around 380 people died in rebel-held regions.
This description is likely referring to the aftermath of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a building collapse. The toll refers to the number of casualties or fatalities, and it is expected to increase as more people are found under the rubble. Thousands of survivors have been left without shelter, and the rescue workers are trying to save as many people as possible. There are also instances of successful rescues, as seen in the video of a mother and child being rescued from the rubble in Gaziantep.
Thousands pulled from toppled buildings
This statement is discussing the aftermath of a major earthquake that affected the cities of Aleppo, Hama, and Diyarbakir in Turkey. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, many buildings have collapsed and thousands of people have been rescued from the rubble. The earthquake has resulted in widespread damage, leading to school closures for a minimum of one week in some areas and two weeks in others.
Biden offers aid as rescuers hunt for survivors
According to Erdogan, further assistance from other regions was on the way, and more than 9,000 people were conducting search and rescue operations in Turkey.
International aid has begun to reach out to us, he continued. “45 countries have contacted us in addition to NATO and the EU’s offers of aid.” Concerning the situation, the Biden administration said in a statement, “we stand ready to provide any and all essential support.” In coordination with the Turkish government, President Joe Biden has ordered USAID and other federal government agencies to “examine U.S. response options to support those most affected.”
Map of the earthquake area
A strong 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey, destroying structures and wreaking havoc in seven Turkish provinces and northern Syria. Tremors were detected as far away as Cairo.
The US Geological Survey reports that a powerful earthquake of high magnitude occurred on Monday around 4.17 a.m. local time in southeast Turkey, close to the Syrian border.
Third quake hits Turkey within 18 hours
Within 18 hours, Turkey was struck by a third earthquake, this one measuring magnitude 6.
In the meantime, there have been 1,700 fatalities in Turkey and Syria. According to Rick Brennan, the WHO’s regional emergency director for the Eastern Mediterranean, “I think we should expect the death toll to climb dramatically.” “There’s been a lot of building collapses and it will increase more severely around the core of the earthquake.”
Quake centred about 90 km from Syrian border
The epicentre of the earthquake, which was felt as far away as Cairo, was located around 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The region, which includes many cities, is home to millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country’s protracted civil conflict. The majority of Syrian refugees worldwide are housed in Turkey, which borders Syria to the north. The earthquake devastated opposition-held areas in Syria that are home to millions of internally displaced people and have a deteriorating healthcare system as a result of years of fighting.
This statement provides additional information about the aftermath of the earthquake that affected Turkey and Syria. There were at least 6 aftershocks and the Interior Minister has warned people not to enter damaged buildings due to safety risks. The earthquake caused buildings to collapse in several cities including Aleppo, Hama, and Damascus, causing many people to evacuate. The quake also affected neighboring Lebanon, where it caused buildings to shake for about 40 seconds. According to Syrian civil defense in rebel-held areas, the earthquake resulted in “tens of victims and people stuck under rubble” of collapsed buildings in the country’s northwest.