The earthquake on the border with Syria. The strongest shock of magnitude 7.9, numerous aftershocks
A very violent earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale was recorded in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria. At least 111 dead and 516 injured in Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia. This is the latest assessment reported by the Ministry of Health of Damascus. “The situation is very tragic, dozens of buildings have collapsed in the city of Salgin,” said a member of the Syrian organization of the White Helmets, in a reference to the city located five kilometers from the border with Turkey.
The Ankara disaster and emergency management office, which depends on the Interior Ministry, announced that the earthquake was registered at 4.17 am local time, 2.17 am in Italy, and was recorded at 23 kilometers east of Nurdagi, in the province of Gaziantep.
A total of 42 aftershocks were recorded in Turkey in the two hours following the first, the Ankara Interior Ministry’s disaster and emergency management agency said, according to which the strongest was magnitude 6. 6.
The earthquake was also felt in Lebanon, Greece, Israel and Cyprus. The Turkish authorities have not yet released any reports of victims, but some videos circulated on social media show collapsed buildings in many cities in the region.
The United States is “deeply concerned about the destructive earthquake” that hit Syria and Turkey and is ready to provide all necessary assistance,” White House National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan said in a statement. President Joe Biden has instructed aid agency USAID and other federal government partners to evaluate the US response to help those most affected.