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A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria at midnight, killing more than 600 hundred people and injuring thousands, and many were trapped under the collapsed buildings.
Residents of the area woke up to an earthquake, which the Seismological Authority says is the strongest in nearly thirty years. Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Armenia, Egypt, and other countries felt the earthquake aftershocks with varying degrees.
The earthquake left dozens dead and wounded in Turkey and Syria, in addition to the collapse of many buildings. The Turkish authorities have declared the fourth level of alert, which means a request for international assistance. The Turkish army contributes to transferring medical teams to the affected areas.
The Turkish vice president announced that the death toll had reached 284, and more than 2,300 were injured due to the most significant earthquake Turkey has witnessed in at least a century. But this toll is likely to rise, pointing to the continuation of search and rescue operations in several major cities. He said the authorities are working to secure gas supplies for houses and bakeries.
The Turkish vice president also announced the closure of the airports at Hatay, Maraş, and Gaziantep, adding that several countries had offered to send aid, prioritizing medical support.
Syrian official media said many buildings collapsed in the Aleppo governorate, while a source in Hama said several buildings collapsed there. According to witnesses, individuals in Damascus, as well as the Lebanese towns of Beirut and Tripoli, got out on foot and drove away from their buildings in case of collapse.
The Syrian government announced the death of 320 people and the injury of more than 640 others in the country, in the areas controlled by the Syrian opposition, as a result of the strong earthquake that occurred at dawn today and its center in southern Turkey.
In contrast, the Syrian Civil Defense tweeted, “dozens of victims and people are stuck under the rubble in the northwest of the country.” As a result of the collapse of buildings due to the earthquake. While the Syrian Observatory reported that about 2,000 are missing and injured in the affected areas in northwestern Syria.
Turkey is located in a region with seismic activity that is among the highest in the world.
The researcher at Solar System Geometry Survey SSGEOS, Frank Hoogerbeets, has stated earlier that this would happen in the region, similar to the years 115 and 526.SSGEOS predicted a large seismic activity that may occur from 4 to 6 February.
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