Two earthquakes, balance sheets, national mourning…the latest news

Turkey earthquake. On Monday, February 6, 2023, two earthquakes of unusual magnitude for the region struck Turkey and Syria. The latest interim assessment reports that more than 3,700 people have died and more than 13,000 have been injured. The aid pledged by the international community has exceeded expectations on the ground.

22:47 – Syria’s balance sheet also revised upwards

While a true race against time continues to try to free all survivors from the rubble, Syrian authorities have announced a new provisional death toll of 1,440. So at least 3,700 people were killed in two deadly earthquakes on Monday, February 6, according to Turkey’s balance sheet.

21:48 – At least 2,316 dead in Turkey

The interim balance sheet was again revised upwards. The latest official report puts the death toll at 2,316, according to a count carried out by Turkish authorities at 9:30 p.m. France time. On the Syrian side, there were no new announcements. The latest report so far mentions the figure of 1000 victims. So in total, more than 3,300 people died, which will be deplored.

20:49 – Jamy Gourmaud explains the terrible earthquake in Turkey

The host of It’s not rocket science explained a few years ago the seismic phenomenon in the region where two earthquakes struck Monday in Turkey. On Twitter, Jamy Gourmaud posted an excerpt from the famous popularization program:

19:47 – Turkey’s president orders a week of national mourning

Monday, February 6, 2023 Provisional balance sheets continue to climb hour after hour following two earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Faced with such devastation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered a seven-day period of national mourning that began in the evening.

19:09 – Provisional death tolls in Turkey and Syria continue to rise after horrific earthquake

While rescuers continued to work on the scene to try to reach survivors still trapped in the rubble in Turkey and Syria, authorities in the two wrecked countries reported shortly before 7 p.m. that the death toll had now surpassed 2,600. Specifically, Turkey has killed 1,651 people and injured at least 11,159, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. 3,471 buildings were set to collapse after the two quakes, raising fears of a higher final death toll. In Syria, at least a thousand people were also killed.

18:14 – Why were Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria so surprising?

While experts agree that it was not surprising that an earthquake was recorded in the region, a quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, which was as strong as the first quake, was more surprising. When questioned by BFM TV, seismologist Jérôme Vergne did not hesitate to speak of the “big earthquake” in the region. In more detail: The region “hasn’t had an earthquake of this magnitude since the 12th century, even though we had big ones in the 18th and 19th centuries.”

16:34 – Facade peels off, building collapses

Videos of the devastation caused by the Turkish quake have multiplied since this morning and show numerous dangerous collapses of two buildings in Turkey.

16:19 – Historical and archaeological sites destroyed by the earthquake

The earthquake destroyed many buildings, including historical and archaeological sites. In Turkey, Gaziantep Castle, built in the first millennium and renovated in 2000, was partially destroyed by an earthquake. On the Syrian side, it is in Aleppo that we regret the serious cultural loss such as the Aleppo Citadel. “Ottoman mill inside Aleppo citadel has been partially collapsed, part of northeastern defensive wall cracked and cracked” The general direction of the antiquities and museum was conveyed, which listed other collapses, such as “a large part of the dome of the Ayyub Mosque lighthouse”.

15:59 – New fatalities: 2,300 dead, more than 10,000 injured

Minute by minute, the toll from the earthquake in Turkey is changing. Turkish and Syrian authorities now count 1,498 and 810 dead, and 8,533 and 2,315 wounded on either side of the border, respectively. That figure is still subject to change.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still told Turkish public television TPT Some 10,000 rescuers “rescued 2,470 people” from the rubble of more than 2,800 collapsed buildings.

15:48 – Many areas inaccessible to rescuers

International assistance and material reinforcements from the international community are essential if rescuers strive to save as many victims as possible.Turkish MP Ali Kenanoğlu reports Twitter Many areas where victims may be hiding are “inaccessible by air or land” and only “by helicopter”.

15:31 – More than 1,900 dead, 8,000 injured after Turkey quake

What are the total casualties of the Turkey and Syria earthquakes? The numbers are still in flux as victims are pulled from the wreckage. There are currently 1,121 deaths in Turkey and 810 in Syria. The number of wounded was higher, with 7,634 Turks and 2,315 Syrians injured, according to authorities.

15:01 – Death toll in Turkey rises to over 1,100

The Turkish toll has risen again, with at least 1,121 dead in Turkey following the quake, according to the latest figures from the authorities.

14:42 – 2,800 collapsed buildings in Turkey alone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that 2,800 buildings collapsed during or after the quake. The images actually show dozens of collapsed buildings.

14:28 – French volunteers leave for Turkey this Tuesday

Several rescue teams had to travel to Turkey and Syria to help authorities and rescuers after the quake. While many rescuers were dispatched by the international community, others left as volunteers, such as the French association International Emergency Firefighters. Thirty volunteers will leave for Turkey on Tuesday, the group announced. “A search and rescue team (USAR) of about 30 rescuers, all specialties (cynomolgus, medical, hazardous environment intervention) plus two dogs, carrying more than 600 kg of cargo, will reach Adana via Istanbul, Only tens of kilometers from the epicenter,” she wrote in a release.

14:13 – Fifty countries offer help to Turkey and Syria

An appeal for international assistance from Turkish authorities has been heard. After Europe and other countries, about 50 countries responded by offering assistance or organizing rescue teams.

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According to provisional assessments, the quake, with its epicenter near Nur Dag in southern Turkey, killed many people. At least 2,300 people have died in Turkey and Syria. The interim reports released by the Syrian Ministry of Health and the Turkish Vice President also stated that more than 600 people and 2,300 people were injured in the two countries respectively. The search under the rubble is still ongoing. The number of collapsed buildings, at least 1,000 in Turkey, suggests the toll could rise.

After the earthquake, Turkey and Syria have been racing against time to find as many victims as possible trapped under the rubble. At the scene, all rescue teams have been deployed. “All our teams are on alert. We have issued alert level four,” Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told the channel. turk Launch an international appeal for assistance. “Countries have responded to this call, such as Italy, which has offered help for the protection of citizens. In France, Emmanuel Macron assured Twitter The country “stands ready to provide emergency assistance to the local population” and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz responded in the same way. It was also the entire European Union that responded by announcing the dispatch of relief supplies to Turkey.

Turkey sits on one of the world’s most active seismic belts, but the Feb. 6 quake was one of the strongest recorded in recent years, and possibly one of the deadliest. The earthquake was the largest since records began on August 17, 1999, when 17,000 people died.

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