Massive earthquakes hit Turkey, Syria and Lebanon

Massive earthquakes hit Turkey, Syria and Lebanon

Excellent coverage from Hal Turner

UPDATED 5:37 AM EST — ***SECOND** QUAKE JUST HIT, M7.5 after Massive M7.8 Earthquake Smashes Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel!

A very strong Magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck southern Turkey at a shallow depth of only 24.1km.   Shaking from the quake is described as “violent” and serious damage, injuries, and deaths are expected.

The quake took place at 8:17 PM eastern US time, which is 01:17 UTC; the middle of the night in Turkey.

Power outages are reported.  Roads are also reported cut off. Bridges are reported to have either fallen, or are so skewed they cannot be used.

The scalable map below shows the area. Users can zoom-in to see VERY nearby communities near the epicenter.  Reports are now saying entire private homes have collapsed.

“Shocking Aerial Footage” – 3,000 Dead So Far In Turkey-Syria Quake, 1,000s Of Buildings Collapsed

Update (1506ET):

The death toll across Turkey and Syria has surpassed 3,000 people and could spark a humanitarian crisis in that area of the world, according to NYTimes. 

About 10,000 rescuers had been dispersed across southeast Turkey by late Monday. The Turkish health minister said as many as 3,000 buildings have collapsed. 

CNN reported the total number injured in Turkey and Syria has climbed to 13,600. That number will likely rise.

NYT detailed on a map where all the large quakes struck earlier.

Here are more stunning views of the earthquake’s aftermath. 

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Update (0956ET): 

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake followed by a powerful 7.8 tremor in Turkey has caused 1,900 deaths so far across southeast Turkey and Syria. About 1,121 deaths were reported in Turkey, while 783 died in Syria.

More than 2,830 buildings have been destroyed, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said. 

President Biden has pledged aid for Turkey and Syria:

“I have directed my team to continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with Turkiye and provide any and all needed assistance.” 

The United States Geological Survey estimated upwards of 10,000 deaths from the twin quakes. 

Here’s more shocking footage of the earthquake’s aftermath. 

The birds knew… 

At least one quake was felt in North America. 

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A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Turkey early Monday, killing at least 1,400 people in the country and neighboring Syria. There are reports of another quake, registering 7.5-magnitude in the country’s southeast less than 12 hours from the first. 

The first quake was felt as far away as Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon — occurred in Kahramanmaras province, north of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. Most of the damage is in southern Turkey and northern Syria. 

The first quake was so powerful that buildings hundreds of miles away swayed in Israel. The second quake, a 7.5-magnitude, struck Kahramanmaras province just moments ago. 

As the dust settles and daylight emerges, footage of the earthquake’s aftermath is shocking. 

Okan Tuysuz, a professor of geology at Istanbul Technical University, told Bloomberg that the quake was the “strongest earthquake in Turkey since 1939.” He said one of the world’s most active seismic zones runs through the country. 

The devastation is so bad that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union, and 45 countries offer assistance to Turkey. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on state television that nearly 3,000 buildings were destroyed. 

“We hope that we will overcome this disaster together as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.

So far, reports in the southern part of the country show the port of Iskenderun was damaged. Cracks were found in airport runways in that part of the country. 

Turkish state-run pipeline operator Botas said no leaks were detected in crude oil pipelines in Turkey’s south. These critical pipelines connect Turkey with vast oil fields in Iraq and Azerbaijan. 

In financial markets, Turkish stocks plunged. The country’s stock exchange banned short selling. Here’s a Bloomberg market update: 

The Borsa Istanbul 100 Index dropped as much as 4.6% in morning trading, with state-run insurance company Turkiye Sigorta AS and fertilizer producer Gubre Fabrikalari TAS leading declines. The lira held steady. Turkish stock exchange Borsa Istanbul suspended short selling on the country’s stocks on Monday for an indefinite time, while imposing a depository rule for selling shares as part of its efforts to limit a wider market fallout. Borsa Istanbul has also halted trading in eight companies until they make a statement on how their operations were affected by the earthquake.  

As rescue efforts are underway, the United States Geological Survey warned the powerful quake could result in as many as 10,000 deaths.


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