A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Turkey, Syria, and Iraq on Monday leaving a death toll of more than 1,400 meanwhile thousand are still stuck under the wreckage.
The magnitude of the quake was 7.8 which struck in the early darkness of a winter morning, Jolts of the quake were also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said the quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) near the southern Turkiye’s city of Kahramanmaras, while the EMSC monitoring service said the chance of a tsunami risk was being evaluated after the powerful earthquake.
Emergency has been declared all over Turkey.
Now the latest report is that after a 7.8 powerful Earthquake, another quake of 7.5 Magnitude jolts turkey once again. Rescue teams are put on high alert.
Turkiye President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with the governors of affected provinces to gather information on the situation and rescue efforts, his office said in a statement. A Syrian health official said more than 230 people had been killed and some 600 injured there, most in the provinces of Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia, where numerous buildings tumbled down.
Erdogan said 45 countries had offered to help with the search and rescue efforts.
The United States was “profoundly concerned” about the quake and was monitoring events closely, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter. “We stand ready to provide any and all needed assistance,” he said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 17.9 km. It reported a series of earthquakes, one of 6.7 magnitudes.
Turkey is in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones.
In Syria, the health ministry said more than 326 people had been killed and 1,042 injured. In the Syrian rebel-held northwest, rescuers said 147 people had died.
Footage circulated on Twitter showed two neighboring buildings collapsing one after the other in Syria’s Aleppo, filling the street with billowing dust. Two residents of the city, which has been heavily damaged in the war, said the buildings had fallen in the hours after the quake.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday he was saddened by the news of a massive earthquake that struck the southeastern region of Turkiye.
“I send my profound condolences and most sincere sympathies to my brother President Erdogan and brotherly people of Turkiye on the loss of precious lives and damage to infrastructure”, PM Shehbaz said in a tweet.
Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said people of Pakistan stand in complete solidarity with our Turkish brethren in this hour of grief. We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the early recovery of those injured.
Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible support in the relief effort. We are confident that the resilient Turkish nation will overcome this natural calamity with characteristic grit and determination.