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Turkey, earthquake. Two-year-old boy rescued from rubble after nearly 80 hours

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A tiny boy named Mert was rescued from the ruins of a building that collapsed in an earthquake. The two-year-old spent nearly 80 hours under the rubble, British television Sky News reported, citing information from the Turkish Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH).

A two-year-old boy from Antioch in the south Turkeywhere there was a tragic earthquake on Monday, was rescued from the ruins of a destroyed building on Thursday.

The baby survived after spending nearly 80 hours under the rubble, British television Sky News reported.

A video of rescuers extracting a crying boy named Mert from the rubble was posted on Twitter by the Turkish Foundation for Humanitarian Aid (IHH).

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Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Turkey on Monday morning Syria, was located in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake struck a few tens of 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.

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.

Main photo source: Twitter/IHHen

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