An early morning and morning of terror, with an apocalyptic air, lived this Monday, February 6, 2023, towns in Turkey and Syria, hit by a deadly earthquake of magnitude 7.7.
Other measurements, such as that of the United States, reflect magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at 04:17 am local time, indicates CNN in Spanish.
The deceased number in the thousands and the figure is already close to 1,800 dead. The titanic mission is to locate the largest number of missing persons reported by desperate families.
The Earth moves and alarm
The powerful telluric movement surprised and abruptly woke up thousands of families. Many were trapped under the rubble to which the homes were reduced.
The earthquake, RTVE points out, was felt fiercely in Syria in Damascus, the capital; and in the Lebanese cities of Beirut and Tripoli, where people took to the streets for their lives.
Another 7.5-magnitude earthquake shakes Turkey; In the movement that also affected northern Syria, the dead exceeded 1,500
The death toll is close to 1,800 and the world watches with pain and unites in prayer and in solidarity aid for the peoples of Turkey and Syria. Men, women and children wait and receive assistance in the streets.
At 08:30 this Monday, when the survivors sought to overcome the shock of the earthquake, an aftershock left them speechless.
It was not one of less intensity, like those that regularly follow a movement of this caliber. It reached and exceeded 7 degrees. As strong as that of the devastating earthquake.
🇹🇷 | While taking part in an emergency meeting to address the first earthquake, Turkey’s transport minister was caught when the second earthquake hit Turkey.
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Tulin Akkaya, quoted in AFP, the second jolt made her run out into the street. “I’m really scared. I felt (the aftershock) very strongly because I live on the top floor”, said this 30-year-old housewife.
We ran away in a panic. It was almost the same as the earthquake in the early morning. Now I can’t go back to my apartment, I don’t know what will happen next.
Many buildings, the agency describes, were in ruins in his city, Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, which is home to many of the millions of people who have fled war and poverty in neighboring Syria.
The same scenes of devastation stretched across the main border cities of both countries after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck before dawn.
The aftershock, indicates the French agency cited, was of magnitude 7.5, something that according to scientists only occurs about 20 times a year throughout the world.
“This is a seismic zone, so I am used to shaking,” said reporter Melisa Salman, who lives in Kahramanmaras, the epicenter of the quake, some 60 kilometers from the Syrian border.
“But it’s the first time we’ve experienced something like this,” the 23-year-old told AFP. “We thought it was the apocalypse”.
From Syria and Turkey come scenes of shock from the fight against the clock that the rescue groups have: the mission is to rescue the thousands of injured left by the earthquake from the rubble.
The emergency is at all levels. According to RTVE, citing international media, the director of Health of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Ziad Hage Taha, the wounded arrived “in waves”. (YO)
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