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Turkey, earthquake. A 17-year-old girl rescued from the rubble after 248 hours in the city of Kahramanmaras [WIDEO]

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A 17-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble in the Turkish town of Kahramanmaras 248 hours after an earthquake struck Turkey and Syria last week. Footage from the rescue operation shows a girl wrapped in a thermal blanket being carried into an ambulance.

The earthquake that hit southwestern Turkey and northeastern Syria on Monday last week has so far killed nearly 42,000 people. The number of dead on the Turkish side is 36,187. On the Syrian side, where the earthquake has aggravated the humanitarian crisis caused by the 12-year war, 5,800 are known to have died as a result of the cataclysm. The authorities of Turkey and Syria have not yet released information on the number of missing people.

17-year-old rescued after 248 hours

Even though 10 days have passed since the earthquake, rescuers are still reaching people alive under the ruins of collapsed buildings. A 17-year-old girl was pulled from the Turkish town of Kahramanmaras on Thursday. She spent 248 hours under the rubble.

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The recording of the rescue operation shows a girl wrapped in a thermal blanket, which rescuers carry into the ambulance.

A 17-year-old girl rescued from the rubble in a Turkish city 10 days after the earthquakeReuters/Sakarya Municipality

Several people had also been found alive in Turkey the day before, but reports of such successful rescues are becoming rarer.

Most of the Syrian victims were killed in the north-west, in rebel-held parts of the country. At the same time, however, it was there that it was most difficult to get outside help. The only border crossing from Turkey to northwestern Syria was closed, and only a week after the earthquake, authorities in Damascus gave permission to open two additional crossings. Since Thursday, 119 UN trucks have passed through the Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam crossings, transporting food, medicines, tents and cholera detection kits.

Rescue victims of earthquakesAdam Ziemienowicz/PAP/Reuters

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria early Monday morning 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.


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/Sakarya Municipality

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