Hey Mother Nature, what’s been going on lately with all the earthquakes? Between the minor San Francisco earthquake on Thursday to the major Turkey earthquake that struck yesterday, enough is enough already! At least 217 people are dead in the strongest earthquake to hit Turkey in over ten years.
Get the details on the Turkey earthquake after the jump!
Eastern Turkey is in ruins after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Ercis, home to 75,000 people, at 1:41 p.m. local time Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Right now, over 217 people are confirmed dead as the result of the earthquake which collapsed highways, swallowed buildings and wreaked havoc on the residents of eastern Turkey. The death toll is expected to rise dramatically.
90 buildings and over 4,000 homes collapsed in the quake and its 200 aftershocks, with the most powerful clocking 6.0 on the Richter scale, reported the Kandilli observatory.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Turkish people in a televised address:
Just as we re-established other regions hit by earthquakes, so will we get this place back on its feet. We are not going to leave people to their own devices in the winter cold.
And what did the United States have to say? The White House released an email statement:
“The United States stands ‘shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish ally at this difficult time and are ready to assist.’”
This is not the first major earthquake to strike Turkey. In 1999, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake claimed the lives of 17,000 people in Izmit, Turkey says the USGS. It was followed by another powerful quake that same year.
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