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Turkey. Earthquake. After two hundred hours of fighting, they pulled out alive people from the rubble

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In the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, almost 200 hours after the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, two people were pulled alive from the rubble. Rescuers in the same city also made contact with three trapped women, Reuters reported. “I have a strong feeling we’re going to get them,” one of the rescuers said. The number of victims of the cataclysm in Turkey and Syria exceeded 37,000.

Rescuers freed a 17-year-old boy and his father from the rubble of an apartment block in Kahramanmaras. Both spent 198 hours in the collapsed building.

In another part of Kahramanmaras, rescuers reported making contact with three women from one family who were trapped under the rubble of a three-story building. “I have a strong feeling we’re going to get them,” said Burcu Baldauf of the Turkish Volunteer Rescue Service. – It’s already a miracle. After seven days without water, without food, they are in good condition there, he added.

Earthquake in Turkey PAP/EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK

Experts estimate that the chances of finding living people in the rubble drop dramatically after 72 hours.

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According to the latest estimates, the total death toll from last week’s earthquakes has exceeded 37,000. The Turkish side informs about 31.6 thousand dead, while the Syrian side about 5.7 thousand.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the southeast on Monday morning Turkey and north-west Syria, was located 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, the earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, killed an estimated 17,000-18,000 people. As the measurements showed, the magnitude of the quakes was 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 had the strongest earthquake recorded in history, in 1960, in Chile. More than 1,650 people died then.

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