Turkiye's embassy in Saudi Arabia urges public to avoid spreading misinformation following massive quake

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ANKARA: A 2nd earthquake of astatine slightest 7.5 magnitude rocked Turkiye and neighboring Syria little than 12 hours aft nan separator areas were deed by a quake measuring 7.8, sidesplitting much than 1,700 people, pinch galore others missing aliases injured connected Monday morning. 

The 7.8-magnitude quake struck conscionable aft 4 a.m. section clip connected Monday, 23 kilometerseast of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province, astatine a extent of 24.1 kilometers, according to information from nan United States Geological Survey.

Churches, hospitals and residential building blocks are among nan hundreds of buildings razed to nan crushed - their occupants trapped nether nan rubble, caught unaware by nan monolithic quake.  

The 2nd quake struck astatine 1:45p.m. section clip - nan effect to nan decease toll arsenic of yet still unknown.

Tremors from aftershocks continued passim nan time and were felt arsenic acold arsenic Beirut successful Lebanon and in Iraq's Duhok and Erbil. 

It is not clear precisely really galore group person died, though President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said nan existent number of dormant successful Turkiye was much than 900, but added it woukld not beryllium imaginable to foretell what nan last decease toll mightiness be.

Meanwhile successful Syria nan number was placed astatine 710 dormant according to nan Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 7.8-magnitude quake struck conscionable aft 4 a.m. section clip connected Monday, 23 kilometerseast of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province, astatine a extent of 24.1 kilometers, according to information from nan United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake caused devastation crossed some sides of nan Turkish-Syrian separator claiming hundreds of lives.

The quake was truthful beardown that tremors were felt successful Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt.

A infirmary successful nan southeastern Sanliurfa state was wholly destroyed by nan earthquake, pinch galore patients remaining trapped beneath nan rubble.

Rescue workers and residents frantically searched for survivors nether nan rubble of collapsed buildings successful various cities connected some sides of nan border. In 1 quake-struck Turkish city, group frantically pulled distant chunks of actual and twisted metal. People connected nan thoroughfare shouted up to others wrong a partially toppled flat building, leaning dangerously.

Berivan Gokoglu, an engineer, was progressive successful rescue efforts successful Sanliurfa's Yenisehir territory pinch her medic husband, and told Arab News: “We rescued 1 aged woman from nan 5th level of a building on pinch 2 children, but now we cannot rescue any one living, we are retired of hope.”

She continued: “Many of these buildings person columns removed erstwhile shopping malls are constructed on the first floors, the astir damaged buildings person been those which had shops on the first level arsenic they lacked columns to support the building.”

In nan Turkish metropolis of Adana, 1 resident said 3 buildings adjacent his location collapsed. “I don’t person nan spot anymore,” 1 subsister could beryllium heard calling retired from beneath nan rubble, arsenic rescue workers tried to scope him, said Muhammet Fatih Yavus a resident.

Further eastbound successful Diyarbakir, cranes and rescue teams rushed group connected stretchers retired of a upland of pancaked actual floors that was erstwhile an flat building.

(The supra video was made by Misel Uyar, Iskenderun/Hatay)

Aftershocks followed passim nan day, Turkish authorities said, until nan 2nd quake hit, of at slightest 7.5 magnitude. 

Ozcan Karakoc, a coach successful a state-run schoolhouse successful Diyarbakir, ran to nan schoolhouse building erstwhile he felt nan first quake.

He joined others successful nan humanitarian efforts successful a sports installation adjacent to nan schoolhouse building, providing blankets and nutrient to those who were rescued from nan debris of collapsed buildings.

The schoolhouse is situated successful nan comparatively debased income Baglar district, 1 of nan worst-hit areas of nan earthquake.

“I unrecorded successful Seyrantepe territory of Diyarbakir wherever buildings were comparatively caller and we didn’t person truthful overmuch harm wrong nan houses. But nan building adjacent to our schoolhouse is aged and astir eight-storeys tall, wherever much than 200 group were living. It collapsed for illustration a insubstantial building successful seconds,” Karakoc told Arab News.

This unverified video was posted connected Twitter

Like galore Karakoc now waits for news from his students who are surviving successful regions of Diyarbakir affected by nan quake, mostly from Baglar. He is concerned that immoderate of them mightiness beryllium trapped successful nan debris.

In Diyarbakir nan streets are afloat of anxious group of each ages, including children, successful pajamas and braving nan freezing temperatures outside.

Diyarbakir resident, Berrak Demirel, was sleeping erstwhile nan earthquake struck nan city. She walked retired of her home, pinch her hubby and children, aft nan 2nd aftershock of nan first quake.

She said they waited for respective hours outside, adding: “But had to travel backmost location owed to nan freezing upwind conditions successful nan city. Everyone was frightened, particularly children successful nan mediate of acheronian streets and turmoil,” she told Arab News.

In Syria’s cities of Aleppo and Hama to Turkiye’s Diyarbakir, much than 330 kilometers to nan northeast nan first quake caused buildings to topple to nan ground.

Also successful Syria, nan first quake smashed opposition-held regions that are packed pinch immoderate 4 cardinal group displaced from different parts of Syria by nan country’s agelong civilian war. Many of them were already living in destitute conditions pinch small wellness care, pinch Russian-backed Syrian forces surrounding nan area and sometimes carrying retired airstrikes. Rescue workers said hospitals successful nan area were packed.
“We fearfulness that nan deaths are successful nan hundreds,” Muheeb Qaddour, a doctor, said by telephone from nan municipality of Atmeh, referring to nan full rebel-held area. Raed Salah, nan caput of nan White Helmets, nan emergency statement successful guidance areas, said full neighborhoods were collapsed successful immoderate areas.

The quake, felt arsenic acold distant arsenic Cairo, was centered northbound of nan metropolis of Gaziantep successful an area astir 90 kilometers from nan Syrian border.
On nan Turkish side, nan area has respective ample cities and is location to millions of Syrian refugees.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said connected Twitter that “search and rescue teams were instantly dispatched” to nan areas deed by nan quake.
“We dream that we will get done this disaster together arsenic soon arsenic imaginable and pinch nan slightest damage,” he wrote.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu urged group not to participate damaged buildings owed to nan risks. “Our privilege is to bring retired group trapped nether ruined buildings and to transportation them to hospitals,” he said.
At slightest 130 buildings tumbled down successful Turkiye’s Malatya province, neighboring nan epicenter, Gov. Hulusi Sahin said. In nan Turkish metropolis of Diyarbakir, astatine slightest 15 buildings collapsed. Rescue teams called for soundlessness arsenic they listed for survivors successful a toppled 11-story building.
In northwest Syria, nan opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense described nan business successful nan rebel-held region arsenic “disastrous” adding that full buildings person collapsed and group are trapped nether nan rubble. The civilian defense urged group to evacuate buildings to stitchery successful unfastened areas. Emergency rooms were afloat of injured, said Amjad Rass, president of nan Syrian American Medical Society.

US President Biden directed USAID and different national authorities partners to measure consequence options to nan astir affected areas successful nan Turkiye and Syria earthquake, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said successful a connection connected Sunday.
The US is profoundly concerned by nan reports of nan destructive earthquake, he said.
The US Geological Survey said nan quake was centered astir 33 kilometers from Gaziantep, a awesome metropolis and provincial capital. It was centered 18 kilometers deep, and a beardown 6.7 aftershock rumbled astir 10 minutes later.
Syria’s authorities media reported that immoderate buildings collapsed successful nan bluish metropolis of Aleppo and nan cardinal metropolis of Hama.
In Damascus, buildings shook and galore group went down to nan streets successful fear.

The quake jolted residents successful Lebanon from beds, shaking buildings for astir 40 seconds. Many residents of Beirut near their homes and took to nan streets aliases drove successful their cars distant from buildings.
The earthquake came arsenic nan Middle East is experiencing a snowstorm that is expected to proceed until Thursday.
Turkiye sits connected apical of awesome responsibility lines and is often shaken by earthquakes.
Some 18,000 were killed successful powerful earthquakes that deed northwest Turkiye successful 1999.

The earthquake came arsenic nan Middle East is experiencing a snowstorm that is expected to proceed until Thursday.

This unverified video was posted connected Twitter

Citizens from arsenic acold arsenic Jerusalem and Beirut talked of being awakened by nan beardown shaking. "I unrecorded successful Gaziantep, Türkiye.  Was sleeping erstwhile it started. Absolutely terrifying," Nasip (@iam_nasib) commented connected a video posted connected Twitter.

"Felt it successful Jerusalem," said Amy di Nardò (@amybellabella).

Sagittarius (@JRsagittarius) said he was successful Beirut and nan knowledgeable "was terrifying."

Karolingston (@karolingston) of Cyprus said he was awakened because "My furniture was shaking."

"Felt it successful Lebanon. It was a hellhole of a feeling!" chimed successful CharbelRahmé (@charbelrahm_e)

Turkiye is successful 1 of nan world’s astir progressive earthquake zones.

Duzce was 1 of nan regions deed by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake successful 1999 — nan worst to deed Turkiye successful decades.

That quake killed much than 17,000 people, including astir 1,000 successful Istanbul.

Experts person agelong warned a ample quake could devastate Istanbul, which has allowed wide building without information precautions.

A magnitude-6.8 quake deed Elazig successful January 2020, sidesplitting much than 40 people.

And successful October that year, a magnitude-7.0 quake deed nan Aegean Sea, sidesplitting 114 group and wounding much than 1,000.

(With Agencies)

Source arabnews.com