UPDATE: Latest earthquake death toll in Turkey and Syria exceeds 33,000

Image of an earthquake being registered.

Image of an earthquake being registered. Credit: Andrey VP/Shutterstock.com

After a powerful earthquake struck the Nurdagi region in the Gaziantep Province of southern Turkey and northern Syria, the death toll has exceeded 33,000 so far.

UPDATE: Sunday, February 12 at 5:50pm

According to CCN today, Sunday, February 12, the latest death toll from the earthquake that struck southeast Turkey and northern Syria has exceeded 33,000.

They cited figures released by SAKOM, the Turkish Emergency Coordination Centre, which reported 29,605 in the country.

Citing the Syrian health ministry, state media reported that at least 3,576 people had died in Syria. As reported by the ‘White Helmets’ civil defence brigade, around 2,168 of those fatalities occurred in the rebel-held areas of the northwest. Another 1,408 died in the areas controlled by the government it added.

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 7 at 9:47pm

According to the Associated Press this evening, Tuesday, February 7, the death toll from the earthquake that has devastated southeast Turkey and northern Syria has exceeded 7,200 and is expected to rise higher.

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 7 at 93:15am

According to Reuters this morning, Tuesday, February 7, the death toll in the earthquake that struck southeast Turkey and northern Syria has exceeded 3,700.

The total in Turkey stands at 2,316, as reported by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). An estimated 13,000 people are injured they added.

Reports from the government in Damascus said that at least 1,444 people had perished, with around 3,500 injured.

On Monday 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared seven days of national mourning. He tweeted:”Due to the earthquakes that took place in our country on February 6, 2023, a national mourning period was declared for seven days. Our flag will be hoisted at half-mast until sunset on Sunday, February 12, 2023, in all our country and foreign representations”.

UPDATE: Monday, February 6 at 5:58am

The death toll has risen to at least 139 now in Turkey and Syria with around 800 more injured. Some reports place the total even higher and considering the circumstances that is sadly very possible.

Across the border in the Syrian town of Sarmada, the massive tremor reportedly flattened a complete row of buildings.

UPDATE: Monday, February 6 at 4:58am

The death toll from the earthquake has risen to at least 28 people. A total of 20 are said to have perished in Turkey and another eight in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Hundreds of people are known to have been injured but it is impossible to report an actual total at this point.

UPDATE: Monday, February 6 at 4:30am

At least 15 people are reported to have been killed as a result of the enormous earthquake that hit southern Turkey in the early hours of today, Monday, February 6.

There were 10 fatalities confirmed in the city of Sanlıurfa, where 16 buildings fell. Another five people were reported dead in Osmaniye, where, according to the governor, 34 buildings collapsed.

Turkey’s interior ministry has placed the country on its highest possible alert level of 4. According to the mayor of the city of Adana, 17 and 14-story buildings have collapsed. The Turkish Interior Minister, Süleyman Soylu, has reportedly requested international aid.

Heartbreaking footage of an eight-storey building collapsing in the city of Diyarbakir appeared online, retweeted by the BNO News Live site.

A video said to be from Hatay province suggests that a gas pipeline exploded after the quake.

A large fire has broken out in the city of Kahramanmaras, as a result of the tremor, as shown by a video posted online by RawNews1st.

Monday, February 6 at 2:47am

A massive earthquake measuring a preliminary 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale struck southern Turkey this morning, Monday, February 6. Multiple buildings have collapsed and residents are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

The exact strength of the quake could be adjusted once the seismologists review their data and calculations.

As reported by the USGS, the tremor occurred at 4:17am local time in the Nurdagi region in the province of Gaziantep. Its epicentre was estimated to have been some 37 km northwest of the main city of Gaziantep and at a shallow depth of 24.1km.

Initial footage uploaded onto social media shows that substantial damage has been caused to buildings.

Social media users have reported feeling the tremor as far afield as Israel, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon. One video posted on Twitter showed the contents of a Beirut supermarket scattered over the floor.

This is a breaking news story and we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.


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