Two violent earthquakes were reported from south-eastern Turkey early Monday morning, followed by another later.
The consequences are catastrophic.
Syria is also affected.
Istanbul – More than 1,500 people died in severe earthquakes in southeastern Turkey and northeastern Syria on Monday.
The number of victims is steadily increasing.
Thousands are injured.
The situation is still unclear.
Strong aftershocks shake the region.
Including a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in south-east Turkey at noon.
The epicenter was in the province of Kahramanmaras, reported the earthquake station Kandilli in Istanbul, as reported by the dpa news agency.
Severe earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria, as the USGS graphic shows.
Severe earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: where exactly is the epicenter?
Disaster after severe earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
At least 1,700 buildings have collapsed in Turkey.
The earthquake was felt in ten provinces, said Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay on Monday.
Residential buildings and a hospital in the city of Iskenderun were among the collapsed buildings.
Debris, collapsed houses and desperate people can be seen in footage on social networks.
In the city of Adana, blocks of flats have been completely destroyed.
According to the city's mayor, a 17- and a 14-story building are affected.
The tremors were particularly severe in some areas.
In the province of Maltaya, a famous 13th-century mosque was destroyed.
A historic castle collapsed in Gaziantep.
The 2,200-year-old Roman-era Gaziantep Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site) appears to have been completely destroyed, according to before-and-after photos on Twitter.
2,200 years old Gazintap Castle destroyed by the earthquake in Turkey.
Before vs Now.
— Xavi Ruiz (@xruiztru) February 6, 2023
Aftershocks are dangerous: house collapses hours after severe earthquake in Turkey
In the Turkish city of Şanlıurfa, a residential building collapses after an aftershock.
A video on social media shows the building collapsing.
WATCH: Building collapses during aftershock in Şanlıurfa, Turkey pic.twitter.com/PiKKIkbu0a
— BNO News Live (@BNODesk) February 6, 2023
In addition to Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Osmaniye, Diyarbakir and Adana are particularly affected.
Several airports in Hatay, Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep are also affected.
The only runway at Hatay Airport in southern Turkey was torn open during the earthquake.
Strongest earthquake in Syria since 1995
According to the Sana news agency, numerous buildings collapsed in Syria.
Countless people are still buried under the rubble.
Rescue teams tried to pull people out of the rubble during the night and at dawn.
According to Sana, the head of the National Earthquake Center said this was the strongest earthquake in Syria since 1995. President Bashar al-Assad called his cabinet for an emergency meeting.
Videos showed mountains of rubble from the province of Idlib, among other things, with entire rows of houses sometimes collapsing.
ك حقيقة تح ب ي ي اocket ع ا ا ا ا ا ا ا ا ومئ ومئ ومئ ومئ ا ا ا أنف أنف ويحت ل ل ل ا ا ا ز ز ز ز haus
— Raed Al Saleh ( رائد الصالح ) (@RaedAlSaleh3) February 6, 2023
Major earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: The chronology of a catastrophe
1:24 p.m. local time
: 7.5-magnitude earthquake four kilometers from Ekinozu town, according to the United States Seismological Survey (USGS).
4:28 a.m., local time
: 6.8 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in southern Turkey's Kahramanmaras near the city of Gaziantep, 60 kilometers from the border with Syria.
4.17 a.m., local time
: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred east of Nurdagi in the Turkish province of Gaziantep and, according to the US earthquake monitor USGS, had its epicenter in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Syria.
So great is the danger of earthquakes in Turkey
Turkey is located in one of the most active seismic regions in the world.
Two of the largest continental plates meet there: the African and the Eurasian.
In fact, most of the Turkish population lives in constant danger of earthquakes.
In 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake in Düzce in the north killed more than 17,000 people.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake was last recorded in 1939.
At that time, 33,000 people died in the eastern province of Erzincan.
(ml with material from afp)
Rubric list image: © Screenshot/earthquake.usgs.gov