Massive 7.8 earthquake strikes Turkey and Syria

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria. This earthquake is very devastating for those living in Turkey and Syria. “I feel bad for those suffering in Turkey and Syria. I can’t imagine losing my home, friends, and family to such a devastating and terrifying natural disaster” said Ava Foley.

The 7.8 magnitude Turkey-Syria earthquake happened on February 6 at 1:17 a.m. This earthquake struck southern and central Turkey, as well as northern and western Syria. This earthquake struck a depth of 11 miles (17.9 km) near Nurdağı in Gaziantep province.

The earthquake has caused a death toll over at least 42,001 people, and has caused at least 114,926 people to have non-fatal injuries. This earthquake has also impacted at least 24 million of the country’s 85 million citizens. Current property damage is up to 50-80 billion dollars, with at least 6,589 buildings ruined.

There are multiple efforts with trying to help the people affected by this earthquake like Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared a three-month state of emergency, donations from people from other countries, and the Los Angeles County search-and-rescue team helping out with the rescue of people trapped under buildings.