Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: nearly 1,700 dead, a second earthquake of 7.5 hits Turkey

TOPSHOT - This aerial view shows residents searching for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of collapsed buildings following an earthquake in the village of Besnia near the twon of Harim, in Syria's rebel-held noryhwestern Idlib province on the border with Turkey, on February 6, 2022. - Hundreds have been reportedly killed in north Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that originated in Turkey and was felt across neighbouring countries. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP)

At least 1,700 people were killed on Monday in Syria and Turkey. A second tremor of 7.5 hit Turkey again on Monday morning.

A new earthquake, measuring 7.5, hit southeastern Turkey on Monday, the American seismological institute USGS reported, hours after a first quake killed more than 1,700 people in Turkey and Turkey. Syria. The earthquake occurred at 10:24 GMT, 4 km southeast of the Turkish town of Ekinozu, the American institute said.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake had already hit southern Turkey and neighboring Syria a few hours earlier.

At least 783 people have been killed in northern Syria, and at least 912 in Turkey. There are also 5,385 injured so far in Turkey and 2,280 in Syria.

According to the American seismological institute USGS, the earthquake took place at 2:17 am Paris time, at a depth of approximately 17.9 kilometers. The epicenter is located in the district of Pazarcik, in the province of Kahramanmaras, about 60 km as the crow flies from the Syrian border. The tremors were also reportedly felt in Lebanon and Cyprus.

A call for international help

This earthquake is the largest in Turkey since the earthquake of August 17, 1999, which caused the death of 17,000 people, including a thousand in Istanbul. Videos posted on social networks show destroyed buildings in several cities in the south-east of the country.

On Twitter, Turkish Internet users shared the identity and location of people trapped under the rubble in several cities in the south-east of the country. Adana city mayor Zeydan Karalar said two 17- and 14-storey buildings were destroyed, according to TRT. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reporting 2,818 collapsed buildings across the country.

“We hear voices here and there. We believe that maybe 200 people are under the rubble,” said a rescue worker dispatched to a destroyed building in Diyarbakir, according to images broadcast on the NTV channel.

“All our teams are on alert. We have issued a level four alarm. It is a call, including for international help, ”said Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on the Haberturk channel.


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