Monday morning saw a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, Egypt, and parts of Syria. As survivors are discovered, this number will increase.
BREAKING: More than 2,300 people were killed in the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked wide swaths of Turkey and Syria early Monday, as rescuers continue to search for survivors in the rubble. https://t.co/T0weYekAse
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 6, 2023
There were many aftershocks that occurred following the initial earthquake. One of these aftershocks was a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that took place approximately 60 miles away.
BREAKING: Several hours after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey early Monday, a powerful aftershock measuring 7.5 hit the country’s Kahramanmaras province around 1:30 p.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. https://t.co/2fmYxXAo3K
— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2023
According to the AP:
Both sides of the border were shaken awake by the predawn earthquake. Buildings were left in ruins after the quakes and subsequent aftermath shocks.
Residents in many cities attempted to rescue people from the rubble and concrete. All patients were evacuated to Syria after the hospital in Turkey collapsed.
The earthquake that struck Turkey’s southeast province, Kahramanmaras, was felt as far away as Cairo. Residents in Damascus fled to the streets while Beirut residents rested peacefully in their beds.
This complicates the recovery efforts
Approximately 4 million people have been driven from their homes by the fighting in Syria. Hundreds of families are still trapped in rubble by the White Helmets, an alternative emergency group.
Twitter shared multiple videos and photos showing the destruction Monday morning.
Devastating scenes from Turkey today. Life is so fragile. 💔
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) February 6, 2023
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.