/ 07 February 2023

Deadly earthquake hits Turkey and Syria

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

More than 2,600 people have died following a massive earthquake in southern Turkey/northern Syria, and that number is rising as rescuers search through the rubble of flattened buildings. Reports say at least 12,000 people are injured, but that’s also likely to increase. The magnitude 7.8 disaster first struck at 4:17am local time on Monday, with a 2nd tremor hitting just 9 minutes later. Dozens of apartment buildings collapsed across several cities while people slept. Vibrations were felt as far away as Lebanon, Greece, Israel and Cyprus. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has declared 7 days of mourning… He says it’s the strongest quake that’s hit the country since December 1939. The situation in Syria’s been described as “disastrous”, with reports of many people still trapped under buildings in rebel-held parts of the country. PM Anthony Albanese has offered Australia’s condolences and says the government’s not aware of any Aussies caught up in the tragedy.

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