Loss of life in Kahramanmaraş-centred earthquakes exceeded 38 thousand

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Turkey is trying to recover from two major earthquake disasters. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 and the second with a magnitude of 7.6 caused great destruction in Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Adana, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis and Malatya. As search and rescue operations continue, the loss of life increased to 38,44 and the number of injured to 108,68.

Turkey was shaken by two major earthquakes centred in Kahramanmaraş on Monday, 6 February.
Turkey was shaken by two major earthquakes centred in Kahramanmaraş on Monday, 6 February.
The first earthquake of 7.7 magnitude occurred at 04.17 in Pazarcık district.

After this 7.7 earthquake, another tremor occurred at 13.24. The magnitude of the earthquake, whose epicentre was Elbistan district, was recorded as 7.6.
The first earthquake of 7.7 magnitude occurred at 04.17 in Pazarcık district. After this 7.7 earthquake, another tremor occurred at 13.24. The magnitude of the earthquake, whose epicentre was Elbistan district, was recorded as 7.6.
After this 7.7 earthquake, another tremor occurred at 13.24. The magnitude of the earthquake, whose epicentre was Elbistan district, was recorded as 7.6.


The earthquake caused great destruction in Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Adana, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis and Malatya.


After the earthquakes centred in Pazarcık and Elbistan districts, 4,734 aftershocks occurred.
After this 7.7 earthquake, another tremor occurred at 13.24. The magnitude of the earthquake, whose epicentre was Elbistan district, was recorded as 7.6. The earthquake caused great destruction in Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Adana, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis and Malatya. After the earthquakes centred in Pazarcık and Elbistan districts, 4,734 aftershocks occurred.
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced that the total loss of life increased to 38 thousand 44 on the 12th day of the earthquake disaster.  The number of injured was announced as 108 thousand 68.


AFAD reported that 216 thousand 347 disaster victims were evacuated to other provinces from earthquake-affected provinces.
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced that the total loss of life increased to 38 thousand 44 on the 12th day of the earthquake disaster. The number of injured was announced as 108 thousand 68. AFAD reported that 216 thousand 347 disaster victims were evacuated to other provinces from earthquake-affected provinces.
Currently, 29,944 search and rescue personnel from AFAD, PAK, JAK, JÖAK, DİSAK, Coast Guard, DAK, Trust, fire brigade, Tahlisiye, MEB, NGOs and international teams are working in the region.

The number of search and rescue personnel from other countries was recorded as 11 thousand 488.
Currently, 29,944 search and rescue personnel from AFAD, PAK, JAK, JÖAK, DİSAK, Coast Guard, DAK, Trust, fire brigade, Tahlisiye, MEB, NGOs and international teams are working in the region. The number of search and rescue personnel from other countries was recorded as 11 thousand 488.

The total number of personnel working in the region together with the field personnel assigned from AFAD, police, gendarmerie, MSB, UMKE, ambulance teams, volunteers, local security and local support teams reached 253 thousand 16. A total of 12 thousand 513 vehicles, including excavators, tow trucks, cranes, dozers, lorries, tractor trucks, tractor trailers, motor graders, vacuum trucks and similar construction equipment were dispatched to the disaster area.

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”DISPLACEMENT OF 7.3 METRES”

Orhan Tatar, AFAD General Director for Earthquake and Risk Mitigation, said the earthquake caused displacement of up to 7.3 metres and a 400-kilometre surface rift.

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“EQUIVALENT TO 500 ATOMIC BOMBS

Orhan Tatar, AFAD General Director for Earthquake and Risk Mitigation, stated that they analysed both earthquakes and said, “The effective time of the first earthquake was 65 seconds. The second earthquake had a destructive effect for 45 seconds. The region was shaken very violently for about 2 minutes.

Tatar explained that the energy released by the two earthquakes was equivalent to 500 atomic bombs.

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AFAD, Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Turkish Red Crescent and international countries and organisations dispatched 283 thousand 410 tents, 54 thousand 297 containers and 3 million 264 thousand 985 blankets to 10 cities heavily affected by the earthquake, and the installation of 172 thousand 225 tents was completed.

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HATAY AIRPORT OPENED

Vice President Fuat Oktay made a statement regarding the latest situation of the airport in Hatay, which was damaged in the earthquake. Oktay said, “We have started to use Hatay Airport as of today for both evacuation and in-kind aid.”

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ALL OPERATORS WILL NOT CHARGE FOR CALLS

Oktay also shared the information that GSM operators will provide free service for a month. Oktay said, “Türk Telekom, Turkcell and Vodafone will provide all calls free of charge for a month from the moment of the earthquake.”

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