Update: Relief efforts grow as Israel and many other countries continue to send aid to Turkey and northern Syria. After many devastating aftershocks the WHO says more than 20,000 people may be dead.
Last time Turkey had an earthquake of this magnitude was in 1939 where it killed 33,000 people.
The AP reported the following:
“Buildings were reported collapsed in a wide area extending from Syria’s cities of Aleppo and Hama to Turkey’s Diyarbakir, more than 330 kilometers (200 miles) to the northeast. Nearly 3,000 buildings came down in Turkey, according to Erdogan. A hospital collapsed in the Mediterranean coastal city of Iskanderoun, but casualties were not immediately known.”
The earthquake could be felt all the way in Israel, with residents in Raanana and Netanya reporting they felt the earthquake.
The region of the earthquake in Turkey sits on a major fault line and earthquakes are common. In quake also devastated northwestern Syria. This area is under the occupation of the opposition. This means residents and refugees don’t have proper housing or medical supplies.
Israel has offered assistance to Turkey. No confirmation as of yet on whether Istanbul has accepted.