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Turkey. Earthquake. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The quake was ‘strong as atomic bombs’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, quoted by Reuters, said the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria more than a week ago was “strong as atomic bombs”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan also stated that in the southern regions Turkey hundreds of thousands of buildings are uninhabitable. At the same time, he assured that his government would continue the work until the last person was rescued from the ruins in the earthquake-stricken area.

Eight days after the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. More people were pulled out from under the rubble

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the night of February 5/6 struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. The cataclysm caused huge damage on a distance of several hundred kilometers from the Syrian city of Hama to the Turkish Diyarbakir. Dozens of smaller quakes followed.

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Rescue action in Hatay province in TurkeyPAP/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Over 41,000 victims

According to the latest data, the death toll in Turkey is 35,418 people, and in Syria 5,714 – a total of more than 41 thousand. Meanwhile, 208 hours after the worst quake in the Turkish city of Antioch, a 65-year-old man and a young girl were pulled from the rubble, bringing the number of people rescued from the rubble to nine on the eighth day after the disaster, Reuters reported.

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.


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