Death Toll Rises to 4,000 as Earthquakes Hit Turkey and Syria

Three devastating earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.8, 7.6, and 6.0 struck Turkey and Syria

Following Monday’s devastating earthquakes, there have been more than 4,000 deaths in Turkey and neighboring Syria.

On Monday, three devastating earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.8, 7.6, and 6.0 struck Turkey and Syria.

Initial reports indicated a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck early on Monday at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi in Turkey’s Gaziantep province close to the Syrian border.

According to the US Geological Survey, this was followed by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 that occurred 130 kilometers north of Gaziantep and had its epicenter in the Elbistan region of the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. There were tremors detected in several adjacent nations, including Syria and Lebanon.

Goksun, Turkey, was struck by the third earthquake of Richter magnitude 6.0. The Kahramanmaras province, north of Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border, was the location of the earthquake, which was felt as far away as Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.

At least 4,372 deaths have been recorded by authorities and organizations in Turkey and Syria, and the WHO estimates that the death toll may exceed 20,000.

Turkey’s head of disaster services, Yunus Sezer, reported that the death toll as of Tuesday morning had risen to 2,921.

Sezer announced at a news conference in Ankara that a total of 15,834 injuries had been reported.

It is the most powerful earthquake to have struck Turkey in more than 80 years. Medical personnel has been attending to the injured as thousands of emergency responders have been looking for people among the debris of the fallen buildings.