2023 Turkey and Syria earthquake

19-02-2023 09:51 AM

Ammon News - On February 6, 2023, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake and a series of strong tremors and aftershocks devastated southeast Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye) and northwest Syria.

More than 46,000 people have been killed in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria and the toll is expected to soar, with some 345,000 apartments in Turkey now known to have been destroyed, and many still missing.

-On February 6, 2023, at 4:17 a.m. local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeast Turkey near the Syrian border.

-The quake struck at a depth of 11 miles (17.9 km) near Nurdağı in Gaziantep province.

-Since the initial quake, more than 1,600 aftershocks have rumbled across the region, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

-OCHA notes that 9 million of Turkey’s 85 million citizens are impacted.

-Even before the devastating earthquake, more than 6.5 million children in Syria needed humanitarian aid due to the ongoing conflict.

-According to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), there are 4.6 million children in the earthquake-affected areas of Turkey, with more than 2.5 million children affected in Syria.

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