Syria Earthquake Caused More Than 1,500 People

7 February 2023 00:56

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southeast Turkey and northern Syria has killed more than a thousand and five hundred people, with hundreds believed to be trapped under rubble, Monday (6/2/2023).

The toll is expected to rise as rescuers search for dead and survivors in dozens of collapsed buildings across the region. Footage captured by the Syrian civil defense in Idlib shows the recovery efforts, with bulldozers being used to clear debris.

Rescue workers and residents in multiple cities searched for survivors, working through tangles of metal and giant piles of concrete.

Meanwhile, a building collapsed in Turkey on Monday, as rescuers nearby were searching for survivors after a powerful 7,8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday.

Live footage from Turkish news agency d-h-a shows the collapse as locals and first responders rushed away from the site, and it wasn't clear if the entire structure had collapsed. 

In Malatya, Turkey, people were filmed running from a tall building just before it collapsed.

Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.