2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #2

Feb 07, 2023
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On February 6, 2023, at 4:17 a.m. local time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit near Gaziantep, Türkiye. A separate, unusually strong, 7.5-magnitude earthquake along the same fault line struck southeastern Türkiye hours later on Monday afternoon. The back-toback earthquakes were some of the most powerful ever recorded in Türkiye and were felt as far away as Egypt and Lebanon. More than two dozen aftershocks shook the region, creating unstable conditions for rescuers and survivors.

At last count, more than 7,200 people have been killed, 22,000 are injured, and thousands of buildings have collapsed throughout the region. These numbers are expected to rise as rescue workers continue operations. Residents and rescue crews worked through the night Monday to dig for people trapped under buildings. The earthquake also struck as a winter storm is affecting the region, so as residents fled their homes they were met with not only near-freezing temperatures, but also several inches of snow on the ground and significant wind chills. These dangerous conditions are affecting not only displaced civilians, but also rescue teams.