Rescue workers search for victims after an earthquake in Diyarbakir, Turkey, February 6, 2023. Photo/REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
ANKARA – Turkey’s earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale (SR), which leveled several areas, was also felt by a number of surrounding countries.
Reporting from the BBC, the US Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred at 04:17 local time at a depth of 17.9 km centered in the city of Gaziantep.
Then the second earthquake that was triggered by the first had a magnitude of 7.5 SR which was centered in the Elbistan district, Kahramanmaras Province. Several aftershocks were also felt across the region.
Seismologists say the first quake was one of the largest ever to shake Turkey.
If Turkey is included in the list, there are five countries that have felt the vibrations of this disaster.
The earthquake that occurred in southeastern Turkey, on the border with Syria, has killed more than 5,000 people in two countries. The number will increase as the evacuation of victims is still being carried out.
Of the thousands of buildings that collapsed, one of them is Gaziantep Castle, a historic building that has stood for more than 2,000 years. Not only that, Turkey’s technological infrastructure was also destroyed due to gas pipeline damage due to the disaster.
Interior Minister Suleymon Soylu said 10 cities were affected by the initial quake including Hatay, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Diyarbakir and Kilis.
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