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Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. A dog pulled from the rubble in the Turkish city of Iskenderun [WIDEO]

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Rescuers rescued a dog trapped under rubble in the Turkish city of Iskenderun. The recording, which shows the moment of extracting a live animal, is another one that shows the scale of the tragedy, moves, but also gives hope. The owner of the dog is in the hospital, so Pamuk was taken into the care of neighbors.

On the border between Turkey and Syria, there is a race against time after Monday’s tragic earthquake. More than 19,000 people have lost their lives according to the latest figurestens of thousands were injured. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed in Turkey alone. Good news is also coming from the crash site. The world is circulating more moving recordings, on which you can see how rescuers pull several-year-old children from under the rubble.

A dog rescued from the rubble

A small dog trapped under the rubble was rescued on Wednesday in the town of Iskenderun in southeast Turkey’s Hatay province. 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.

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It is not known how long the animal spent under the collapsed building.

The witness of this situation and the author of the recording said that the dog named Pamuk was taken care of by his owner’s neighbors. He is in a hospital in the city of Mersin, about 200 kilometers away.

Rescuers rescued a dog from a collapsed buildingReuters/Gürcan Öztürk

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria on Monday morning was in Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province. 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.

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.

Main photo source: Reuters/Gürcan Öztürk

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