By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 06, Feb 2023, 18:37 pm IST | UPDATED: 06, Feb 2023, 18:38 pm IST
The White Helmets, a rescue group, reported casualties in rebel-held areas in Syria. In a tweet, they said that at least 386 people died and more than 500 were injured in the earthquake. Many families are still trapped under the rubble. So the number of casualties may increase. Most people were asleep when the earthquake hit. "This is the biggest earthquake in the history of our center," Raed Ahmed, head of Syria's National Seismological Center, told the national radio station. The center was established in 1995.
Seismologist Stephen Hicks of University College London said that earlier in December 1939 there was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in northwestern Turkey. At that time, 30 thousand people lost their lives. After this incident, in January 2020, 41 people were killed in an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 in the eastern city of Elazig in Turkey. More than 1,600 people were injured at that time.
After almost 84 years, such a terrible earthquake hit Turkey again on Monday. The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.8 on the Richter scale simultaneously in Turkey and Syria early this morning. The death toll has increased to more than five hundred. About 2 thousand 500 were injured. Many are still trapped in the rubble.
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