Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a state of emergency in ten provinces of the country affected by the earthquake. The state of emergency will be in effect for three months.
The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey has risen to 3,549, Anadolu news agency reported, citing data from the Emergency Situations Administration (AFAD). Another 22,168 were affected. 65 countries have offered assistance to Ankara.
On the morning of February 7, an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 was recorded in the central part of Turkey. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center, the epicenter was at a depth of 10 km. Initially, the center reported a magnitude of 5.6, but later adjusted the value.
A powerful earthquake in Turkey occurred on the night of February 6. The epicenter of the shocks was in the province of Kahramanmarash, 30 km from the city of Gaziantep and 90 km from the border with Syria: the strength of the shocks reached 7.8 points. The shocks were also felt in neighboring countries: Lebanon, Armenia, Syria.
About six thousand buildings in Turkey were destroyed: according to eyewitnesses, many residential buildings, especially those built several decades ago, simply folded like houses of cards. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already said that the earthquake was the biggest disaster in Turkish history since Erzincan in 1939. National mourning has been declared in the republic until February 12.
On the afternoon of February 6, Turkey experienced the second powerful earthquake in a day, also with a magnitude of 7.6. Its epicenter was in the Elbistan region of Kahramanmarash province.
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