On Monday, February 6, 2023, a 7.8-magnitude Turkey earthquake struck South Eastern Turkey and Syria, killing over 4000 people. An apartment building collapses in Turkey’s Sanliurfa in shocking footage as terrified bystanders try to flee the destruction.
Several onlookers can be heard shouting in the video as the 7-story apartment building collapses in front of their eyes. As it falls, massive amounts of dust are seen rising from the rubble as people attempt to flee. According to the New York Post, the apartment building in the video was one of several structures destroyed by the natural disaster.
Following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, according to CNN. According to the WHO, the death toll is expected to rise as officials continue to inspect the rubble.
Bystanders and officials discuss one of Turkey’s worst earthquakes in recent memory
According to Al Jazeera, the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria is the largest in the region since the 7.8-magnitude Erzincan earthquake in 1939, which killed over 32,000 people.
According to Catherine Smallwood, the WHO’s senior emergency officer in Europe, casualties are still being discovered.
According to Smallwood:
“Unfortunately, we always see the same thing with earthquakes, which is that the initial reports of the number of people killed or injured will increase quite significantly in the week that follows.”
Turkey earthquake The collapsing building in the video foreshadows a larger issue, as no structure will be deemed safe to enter in the coming days. Dr. Mazen Kewara, the Syrian American Medical Society’s Turkey-based director, told CNN reporters that this has complicated the process of assisting victims.
“We can no longer use the buildings. Perhaps for hours. Perhaps until tomorrow. I’m not sure. A collapsed building is about 200-300 metres from my building. In Gaziantep, numerous buildings have collapsed.”
Patients have had to be evacuated from hospitals due to collapsing infrastructure, according to Kewara.
He went on to say:
“Four of our hospitals were severely damaged by the earthquake. Two of them have been evacuated.”
Turkey earthquake The relief efforts for the 2023 earthquake victims are still ongoing. In addition to the 4300 fatalities, over 19,000 injuries have been reported.