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Devastating Earthquake Kills over 2,200 in both Türkiye and Syria

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and triggering a search for survivors.



The quake was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon and caused buildings to collapse across the region. According to Turkey's disaster agency, 76 people have been killed and 440 are injured, while Syrian state media reported over 100 fatalities and numerous building collapses in the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia.

The earthquake lasted about a minute and shattered window, according to witnesses. Many buildings in the region had already suffered damage in the Syrian civil war. In the aftermath, rescue teams and supply aircraft were scrambled to the affected area and a "level 4 alarm" was declared, calling for international assistance. The situation remains tragic with tens of buildings collapsed and homes being "totally destroyed." Tremors were felt in the Turkish capital of Ankara and in Cyprus, where no damage was reported. Turkey is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world and has a history of devastating earthquakes, with over 17,000 fatalities in 1999 and 500 in 2011.


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