7.8 magnitude earthquake: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred in Turkey on Monday morning. The tremors were felt in 10 cities, including the capital Ankara, the city of Nurdagi. Apart from this, earthquake tremors were felt in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.
According to the news agency AFP, officials said that so far 76 deaths have been confirmed in Turkey. There are reports of 440 people injured. At the same time, 42 people have been killed in Syria. More than 200 have been injured.
3 Consecutive Earthquakes(7.8 magnitude earthquake)
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the first earthquake was 30 kilometers away from Gaziantep city in Kahramanmaras province and about 24 kilometers below the ground.
According to the local time, this earthquake occurred at 4:17 in the morning. Another earthquake of 6.7 magnitudes also occurred 11 minutes later. Its center was 9.9 kilometers below the ground. A third earthquake of magnitude 5.6 also occurred 19 minutes after the second earthquake.
Therefore, many people are feared to be buried under the debris and killed. Rescue operation is going on to save people.
Many Syrian refugees live near the epicenter
According to the New York Times, many Syrian refugees live in the city of Gaziantep, near the epicenter of the earthquake. According to the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, Turkey has the largest number of refugees in the world. Of these, 3.5 million(7.8 magnitude earthquake) are Syrian refugees. Major operations are carried out to help them from Gaziantep itself.
Train services canceled in Syria
— Narrative Pakistan (@narrativepk_) February 6, 2023
Tremors were felt in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia. The government has declared an emergency in these cities. Train services have been canceled in the country. Rescue operations are being carried out in the earthquake-affected areas.
A cross-border earthquake came in 2017
— Scott McClellan (@ChaseTheWX) February 6, 2023
In 2017 there was a cross-border earthquake in Iran-Iraq. Tremors were felt from Iraq’s Kurdish city of Halabja to Iran’s Kermanshah province.(7.8 magnitude earthquake) 630 people died in this. More than 8 thousand people were injured.