Earthquake in Turkey: there are thousands of dead

Earthquake in Turkey: there are thousands of dead

Earthquake in Turkey

An earthquake measuring 7.9 was recorded in Turkey. The earthquake occurred shortly after 4 in the morning on February 6, local time (4:17 to be exact, 2:17 in Italy) in the south of the country, near the border with Syria. The earthquake occurred in Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey about fifty kilometers from the Syrian border. At 11.24 am Italian time, a second shock, of magnitude 7.5, was recorded in the province of Kahramanmaras. There are 2,300 dead.

Images of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria Gallery 25 Images by Chiara Zennaro

Look at the gallery The situation:

The victims The earthquake Rescue services The tidal wave alert revoked The second shock

The victims

According to data from the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and the United States Geological Monitoring Service, Usgs, the earthquake has the province of Gaziantep as its epicenter and was occurred at a depth of about 20 km. The body count rapidly increased. As for Turkey, according to information released by Ansa, there are at least 1,500 dead and 7,600 wounded. The Turkish provinces affected by the earthquake are those of Adana, Malatya, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Hatay, Adiyaman, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa and Kahramanmaras, but the prefect of the latter has declared that it is not yet possible to figure out how many victims there are while the damage is huge. At the moment the Turkish authorities have counted 2,824 reports of collapsed buildings. In Syria the figures are even more serious: 810 dead, according to Turkish state television Trt, and 1,280 injured.

The earthquake

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , as reported by the Guardian , said the February 6 earthquake was the largest disaster recorded in the country since 1939, referring to the quake of Erzincan, which caused the deaths of about 33,000 people 84 years ago. More than 30 earthquakes have been recorded so far in Turkey. Haluk Özener, director of the Kandilli observatory and earthquake research institute, told the BBC that Turkey was "facing the biggest earthquake we have seen in 24 years in this region. There have been 100 aftershocks so far. About 53 of them are more than 4 degrees (on the Richter scale). Seven are more than 5 degrees. We can say that these earthquakes will continue in the coming days. The geological institute of Denmark reports that aftershocks from the devastating earthquake were felt as far away as Greenland.

The earthquake in Turkey has its epicenter in the province of Gaziantep


The Syrian civil protection NGO White Helmets (White Helmets) has declared a state of emergency in the north-east of the country . An appeal has gone out to all international organizations to send aid to the country. There are hundreds of buildings destroyed by the earthquake. The houses were devastated, the church of the Annunciation of Iskenderun and the castle of Gaziantep collapsed. Palazzo Chigi reported that “ the Italian Civil Protection has already provided its availability to contribute to first aid ”. Through the High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell, the European Union has also made it known that it is ready to send aid.

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The tsunami warning revoked

An alert for potential tsunami waves in Italy has been revoked. Based on the data processed by the Ingv Tsunami Warning Center (Cat), the Civil Protection Department had issued an alert for possible tsunami waves arriving on the Italian coast following the earthquake between Turkey and Syria. After the initial notification, the alert was recalled and regular train traffic resumed in Sicily, Calabria and Puglia, suspended for reasons of caution from 6.30.

The second shock

As reported by Ingv, at 11.24 am Italian time a second earthquake was recorded in Turkey, with a magnitude of 7.5, in the province of Kahramanmaras, with a hypocenter of 28 km.

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