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Latest earthquake news in Turkey and Syria: Powerful quake leaves dozens dead and hundreds injured


A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Sunday night, according to reports from the United States Geological Survey. Strong aftershocks are reported.

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In this AFP TV video capture taken on February 6, 2023, rescuers search for victims of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, toppling buildings in several cities and causing damage in neighboring Syria. .

(Photo by Mahmut BOZARSLAN / AFPTV / AFP)

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4 mins ago

The Turkish Red Crescent invites people to donate blood after a strong earthquake

By Hande Atay Alam

Buildings collapse in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on February 6.

(Rauf Maltas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Kerem Kinik, president of the Turkish Red Crescent, said the organization is sending additional blood supplies to southern Turkey after a deadly earthquake struck early Monday.

"We are sending additional blood and blood products to the Deprem region. We have National Blood Reserves for first stage shipment in our Regional Blood Banks. However, we invite our citizens to donate blood throughout Turkey during the day for needs that may occur in the future," Kinik tweeted.

The Red Crescent is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

5 mins ago

President of Turkey expresses his "best wishes" for the victims of the earthquake

By Alex Stambaugh and Hande Atey Alam

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowd as he attends the opening ceremony at Ataturk Square in Aydin, Turkey, on February 4.

(Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his "best wishes" to those affected by the earthquake.

At least 17 people were killed when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck southern Turkey in the early hours of Monday local time, toppling buildings and sending residents onto the streets as aftershocks were felt across the region.

Erdogan said the quake was felt in many parts of the country and Turkey's Emergency and Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) was on standby to help the victims.

“I convey my best wishes to all our citizens who were affected by the earthquake that occurred in Kahramanmaraş and was felt in many parts of our country.

All our relevant units are on alert under the coordination of AFAD,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter.

6 mins ago

Journalist in Gaziantep tells CNN about strong aftershocks

By Eyad Kourdi in Gaziantep, Turkey

Journalist Eyad Kourdi, who lives in the city of Gaziantep, told CNN there were up to eight "very strong" aftershocks in less than a minute after the magnitude 7.8 quake struck, causing belongings in his home to they fell to the ground.

Many of his neighbors had left their homes after the quake, he added.

Strong aftershocks are likely to continue in the hours and even days after an earthquake as strong as this one, according to CNN forecasters.

7 mins ago

7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Turkey

By Yong Xiong

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southern Turkey, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake occurred at 4:17 am local time.

It was also felt in Syria.

The depth of the quake was 24.1 kilometers and its epicenter was 23 kilometers east of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province.

Strong aftershocks reported: Another magnitude 6.7 quake struck 20 miles northwest of the epicenter about 11 minutes after the first quake, the USGS said.


Source: cnnespanol

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