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Turkey. Rescuers rescued five members of one family alive from the rubble

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129 hours after a devastating earthquake, rescue teams in Turkey pulled five members of one family alive from the rubble. As reported by the AFP agency, first the mother and one of the daughters were saved, then the rescuers reached the father. However, he wanted to save the other children first.

The lucky rescue operation took place in the city of Nurdag in the province of Gaziantep, and the rescued ones are the Aslan family.

Mother Havva and daughter Fatmagul were the first to be pulled out from the rubble. Rescue teams then reached Hasan’s father, but he insisted that his other daughter Zeynep and son Saltik be pulled out first, which the rescuers agreed to do.

Hasan was rescued from the rubble at the end. “God is great!” – the rescuers chanted when the father, as the last member of the family, found himself in the ambulance.

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Destruction in the Turkish city of Nurdag in Gaziantep provincePAP/EPA/NECATI SAVAS

According to AFP, two hours later in the same province, but in the city of Islahiye, a three-year-old girl and her father were pulled out from the rubble, and in the next hour, 132 hours after the first earthquake, a seven-year-old girl from Hatay province.

Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP/Reuters

Catastrophic earthquake

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.

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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.

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Strong earthquake in Turkey and SyriaPAP

Main photo source: EPA/NECATI SAVAS

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