The earth shook and buildings collapsed. Hundreds of lives were lost in the wake of a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey on Monday morning. This tragedy has affected millions of people in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel, and the death toll is expected to rise. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the aftermath of this tragic event.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake struck at 10:41 a.m. local time and was felt across much of the region. The epicenter was located in Sivrice, Turkey, about 14 miles northeast of the city of Elazig. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed and many people were injured.
The effects of the earthquake were felt as far away as Damascus, Syria, and Jerusalem, Israel. Buildings in both cities shook, and many people ran into the streets in fear. In Lebanon, the quake was felt in Beirut, where buildings swayed and some people evacuated.
The death toll in Turkey and Syria has already reached hundreds, and it is expected to rise. In Turkey, most of the fatalities occurred in Elazig province. In Syria, the worst-hit areas were Aleppo and Idlib. Rescue efforts are underway in both countries, and the Turkish government has declared a state of emergency in Elazig province.
The earthquake has left a trail of destruction in its wake. Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed, and millions of people have been affected. As the death toll rises and rescue efforts continue, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.