An earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes hit Turkey on Monday; over 600 dead
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey on Monday. The earthquake was followed by another strong jolt which was felt in several provinces in the region.
According to the officials, AFP previously reported, At least 53 people have been killed in the earthquake. However, the death tolls are rising as people are being pulled out from the collapsed buildings and homes. According to the latest update on the death and injury numbers of the tremor hit, over 600 people are reported dead by the officials.
The US Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude tremor struck at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of 17.9km (11 miles) near the city of Gaziantep.
Turkish authorities scrambled rescue teams and supply aircraft while declaring a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance.
The tremor lasted about a minute and smashed windows, Reuters reported.
Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the world leaders who expressed their condolences to the affected in Turkey. “India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and is ready to offer all possible assistance to cope with this tragedy,” the PM said.
The dangerous tremor, Russia came forward for aid. Russia’s minister of emergency situations Aleksandr Kurenkov said the country is readying rescue teams to fly to Turkey and Syria to help earthquake victims and affected. Teams of 100 search and rescue personnel are on standby to be sent to Turkey with two Il-76 transport planes. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences in telegrams to the leaders of Syria and Turkey. The Russian president, Putin also expressed readiness to help. The offer was made despite Russia’s international isolation led by Western nations over Moscow’s war on Ukraine. Russia’s defense ministry said that its military facilities had not been damaged by a major earthquake that struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday.
The numbers of the injured and dead are still not confirmed yet.
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