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Vatican. Quake on Turkey and Syria. Pope Francis appeals for help

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Time for compassion, time for solidarity, let’s help Turkey and Syria,” Pope Francis said in a tweet. The pope also called for refraining from hatred and wars. “Let’s build peace and brotherhood in the world,” he added.

On the Pontifex profile, edited in nine languages, including Polish, Vatican published on Thursday the following words of Francis: “Time for compassion, time for solidarity. Enough hatred, enough wars and divisions leading to self-destruction.”

“Drown in pain, let’s join forces and help those who suffer in Turkey and Syria, let us build peace and fraternity in the world.

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The Pope prays for the people of Turkey and Syria

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On Wednesday, the Pope, addressing the faithful in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, said: – My thoughts go to the people of Turkey and Syriahard hit by the earthquake that caused thousands of deaths and injuries.

“I am moved to pray for them and express my closeness to these peoples, to the families of the victims and to all who suffer from this devastating cataclysm,” he added.

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– I thank those who are involved in helping and I encourage everyone to show solidarity with these areas, partly already tormented by a long war. Let us pray together that our brothers and sisters may go forward in the face of this tragedy, and we ask Our Lady to protect them.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria on Monday morning was in Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province. 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.

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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