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Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. A cat rescued from the balcony of a destroyed building

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Crews working in Gaziantep, Turkey, where there was a tragic earthquake on February 6, managed to get a cat out of a collapsed building alive. It happened on Sunday, almost a week after the tremors occurred.

A week ago there was a strong earthquake in southern Turkey and northern Syria. The total death toll is increasing day by day, on Monday February 13 it was reported to be around 34,000. People are still being pulled out of the rubble. Animals are also saved.

A rescued cat

A cat was rescued in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Sunday. He was trapped on the balcony of a destroyed apartment building. Rescuers used a backhoe to reach the animal, which had been waiting for rescue for six days.

A cat rescued in TurkeyReuters/Gaziantep Police Department

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A dog pulled from the rubble

This is not the only animal that was reached on time by the services helping those affected by the earthquake.

On Wednesday, February 8, in the city of Iskenderun in southeastern Turkey in the province of Hatay, a small dog trapped under the rubble was rescued. Footage shared by the Reuters news agency shows rescuers digging up rubble with their hands to free the terrified animal. One of them pours some water from a bottle into his hand for the dog to drink.

A dog pulled from the rubble in the Turkish city of IskenderunReuters/Gürcan Öztürk

Miracle and Strawberry

There are also known about at least two rescued cats. One of them, a redhead pulled from the rubble in the city of Islahiye in Gaziantep province, was dubbed Mucize, meaning Miracle, by rescuers. Another, named Cilek (Strawberry), went straight into the arms of its owner Kerem Cetin, previously rescued by rescuers from a collapsed building in Hatay.

Rescue teams pulled a cat named Cilek, which means Strawberry, from the rubble

Rescue teams pulled a cat named Cilek, which means Strawberry, from the rubbleReuters

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria on Monday, February 6, was in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake occurred several dozen kilometers to the north. Both phenomena were accompanied by a series of over 100 aftershocks.

The affected region of south-eastern Turkey and north-western Syria is seismically active and tremors are frequent. However, the latter is the most powerful cataclysm of this type in this region in recent times. In 1999, an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, killed 17,000-18,000 people. Measurements showed that the quake had a magnitude of 7.6.

Strong earthquake in Turkey and SyriaPAP

The deadliest earthquake in the history of seismic measurements was recorded in 1976 in the Chinese province of Tangshan. The official figures of the authorities spoke of 250,000 victims. They were probably greatly underestimated, because some sources gave the number of people killed as high as 650,000. The earthquake in Tangshan had an official magnitude of 7.5, although other measurements put it as high as 8.2. In turn, the magnitude of 9.5 was the strongest recorded quake in history, in 1960, in Chile. More than 1,650 people died then.

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria PAP

Main photo source: Reuters/Gaziantep Police Department

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