Turkey earthquake live updates | Death toll crosses 3,800

More than 3,800 people were killed in Turkey and Syria after a powerful earthquake

Updated - February 07, 2023 05:53 am IST

Published - February 06, 2023 09:05 am IST

People gather as rescuers search for survivors under the rubble, following an earthquake, in rebel-held town of Jandaris, Syria February 6, 2023.

People gather as rescuers search for survivors under the rubble, following an earthquake, in rebel-held town of Jandaris, Syria February 6, 2023. | Photo Credit: Reuters

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake, which followed a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake that rocked wide swaths of Turkey and Syria, hit Turkey on Monday toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 3,800 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.

The 7.8-magnitude quake wiped out entire sections of major Turkish cities in a restless region filled with millions of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and other conflicts.

There were at least 20 aftershocks and he urged people not to enter damaged buildings due to the risks, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Tremors were also felt in Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece and Israel.

Here are the latest updates:

  • February 07, 2023 05:52
    Over 3,800 people dead in Turkey, Syria earthquakes

    Turkish Vice President Fuat Otkay said 2,379 people were killed and 14,483 injured in a devastating earthquake that hit the country on Monday, updating an earlier toll.

    A total of 7,840 people were pulled alive from rubble after 4,748 buildings were destroyed, Otkay added.

    At least 1,444 people died Monday across Syria, the government and rescuers said. The new toll brings the total deaths in both countries to at least 3,823.- AFP

  • February 07, 2023 02:27
    Death toll crosses 3,500

    Turkey on Monday said 2,316 people were killed and 13,293 injured in a devastating earthquake that hit the country.

    The emergencies services said 7,340 people had been rescued so far. The update brings the total number of quake victims in Turkey and neighbouring Syria to 3,613.- AFP

  • February 07, 2023 01:04
    Death toll rises to over 2,700 in quake-hit Turkey, Syria

    The combined death toll rose to more than 2,700 for Turkey and Syria on Monday after the region’s strongest earthquake in nearly a century.

    Turkey’s emergencies service said at least 1,762 people had died in the 7.8-magnitude quake, with another 1,000 confirmed fatalities in neighbouring Syria, putting the total at 2,762.- AFP

  • February 06, 2023 23:36
    Turkey President Erdogan declares seven-day national mourning

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared seven days of national mourning following the deadly quakes that hit the country Monday. Turkish flags will fly at half-staff across the nation and at its diplomatic missions overseas.

    Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said at least 1,651 were dead and 11,119 injured across ten provinces. Hundreds more reported dead in neighboring Syria.

  • February 06, 2023 19:27
    Third quake of 6.0 magnitude hits Turkey: USSG

    Another earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hit Turkey on Monday, the USSG said. The three separate quakes in Turkey has so far killed more than 1,100 people in the country. The death toll rose to 1,121 from a major earthquake that shook Turkey’s south early on Monday, and a total 7,634 people have been injured, an official from the disaster and emergencies management agency (AFAD) said.

    Orhan Tatar, head of the AFAD department handling earthquake risks, told a media briefing that 2,834 buildings have been destroyed in the quake and the subsequent tremors centred on Kahramanmaras province, noting there had been 120 aftershocks.

  • February 06, 2023 18:19
    Xi Jinping sends condolences to Turkey, Syria over deadly earthquake

    China’s President Xi Jinping sent his condolences to Turkish and Syrian leaders on Monday after the most powerful earthquake in nearly a century hit their countries, killing more than 1,400 people.

    Xi told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in separate messages he was “shocked” to learn of the disaster, and conveyed “deep condolences for the dead and sincere sympathy for their families as well as for the injured”, state broadcaster CCTV reported. - AFP

  • February 06, 2023 17:28
    Iraqi Kurdistan suspends oil exports through Turkey after quake

    Iraqi Kurdistan said it was suspending oil exports through Turkey as a precaution after a deadly earthquake rocked its northern neighbour and Syria before dawn on Monday. -AFP

  • February 06, 2023 16:31
    Ukraine says ready to send ‘large group’ of rescuers to Turkey

    Ukraine said Monday it was ready to send emergency responders to Turkey following a deadly earthquake there that also left hundreds dead in neighbouring Syria.

    “Ukraine stands ready to send a large group of rescue workers to Turkey to assist in crisis response. We are working closely with the Turkish side to coordinate their deployment,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.

  • February 06, 2023 16:30
    New 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits southeast Turkey: USGS

    A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said, hours after an earlier quake killed more than 1,200 people in the region.

    The shallow quake hit at 1:24 pm (1024 GMT) four kilometres (2.5 miles) south-southeast of the town of Ekinozu.

  • February 06, 2023 15:54
    Turkish President raises quake death toll to 912

    Turkish President raises quake death toll to 912, bringing the overall death toll in Turkey, Syria to more than 1,300.

  • February 06, 2023 15:48
    Israel to send aid to quake-stricken Turkey: Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government was preparing to send medical and rescue assistance to Turkey following Monday’s earthquake that killed hundreds in the country. -AFP

  • February 06, 2023 15:21
    India to send NDRF team, medicos, dog squads

    India is preparing NDRF teams along with specially trained dog squads as well as medical personnel for search and rescue operations in the earthquake-hit region of Turkey. The decision to send the teams was sent in a meeting attended by the Cabinet Secretary and representatives of relevant Ministries.

  • February 06, 2023 14:39
    Turkish military sets up air aid corridor to earthquake zone -ministry

    The Turkish armed forces have set up an air corridor to enable search and rescue teams to reach the zone affected by the major earthquake in southern Turkey, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Monday.

    “We mobilized our planes to send medical teams, search, and rescue teams, and their vehicles to the earthquake zone,” the statement cited Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying.

  • February 06, 2023 14:35
    Macron offers French aid after quake in Turkey, Syria

    French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday his country stood ready to provide emergency aid to Turkey and Syria after an earthquake that killed hundreds in both countries.

    “France is ready to provide emergency relief to the populations on the ground. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Mr. Macron tweeted. -AFP

  • February 06, 2023 14:34
    Turkey’s Iskenderun port damaged from quake- maritime authority

    Turkey’s maritime authority said on Monday that the Iskenderun port located in the southern Turkish province of Hatay is damaged due to the major earthquake.

    Following its damage inspections, the authority said on Twitter that operations continue in ports besides Iskenderun.

  • February 06, 2023 14:34
    Putin says Russia ready to help Syria and Turkey after major quake

    President Vladimir Putin offered Russian assistance on Monday to Syria and Turkey after a major earthquake of magnitude 7.8 killed more than 500 people and injured thousands in the two countries.

    Russia, which is closely allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, maintains a significant military presence in that country. Putin also has a strong rapport with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a NATO member who has nevertheless sought to mediate in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. -Reuters

  • February 06, 2023 14:33
    Turkey oil pipelines undamaged, flows continue after quake- official

    There is no damage to the Kerkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey, or to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and oil flows are continuing on both after a major earthquake hit Turkey, an energy official told Reuters on Monday.

    However, operations at the Ceyhan oil terminal in southern Turkey were suspended, the Tribeca shipping agency said, adding that an emergency meeting was being held on the issue.

    The eastern Mediterranean terminal is some 155 km (96 miles) from the area of the quake’s epicenter. -Reuters

  • February 06, 2023 14:21
    Germany ‘shocked’ by quake in Turkey and Syria, will send help: Scholz

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised aid on Monday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing hundreds of people as they slept.

    “We are following the news of the earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border region with shock,” Mr. Scholz said on Twitter. “Germany will of course send help.” -AFP

  • February 06, 2023 14:10
    EU sends rescue teams to Turkey after deadly quake

    The European Union is sending rescue teams and preparing further help for Turkey after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people, the bloc’s crisis management commissioner said Monday.

    “Teams from the Netherlands and Romania are already on their way,” with the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre overseeing their deployment, commissioner Janez Lenarcic tweeted. -AFP

  • February 06, 2023 13:37
    At least 641 people killed in Turkey, Syria

    The devastating earthquake across Turkey and Syria has toppled hundreds of buildings and killed at least 641 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.


  • February 06, 2023 12:56
    India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey, ready to offer all possible assistance: Prime Minister Modi

    “Anguished by the loss of lives and damage of property due to the Earthquake in Turkey. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and is ready to offer all possible assistance to cope with this tragedy,” the Prime Minister said on Monday, as casualties continue to soar.


  • February 06, 2023 12:51
    At least 568 people have died across Turkey, Syria

    The death toll across Syria and Turkey has crossed 560, with hundreds injured, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched the rubble in cities and towns across the area.

    At least 20 aftershocks followed the first tremor, some hours later during daylight, the strongest measuring 6.6, Turkish authorities said.

    “We fear that the deaths are in the hundreds,” Muheeb Qaddour, a doctor, said by phone from Syria’s Atmeh, referring to the entire rebel-held area.


  • February 06, 2023 12:44
    Flights suspended at Turkey airport

    Flights have been suspended at Turkey’s international Hatay Airport due to damage from the devastating earthquake, the Vice President said. The Gaziantep Airport has also suspended civil flights, he added.


  • February 06, 2023 11:51
    At least 360 people killed in Turkey, Syria; toll expected to rise

    The overall death toll from the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday rose to 360 as health officials in the Syrian capital of Damascus reported 237 deaths in the government-held areas of the country.

    Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency said at least 76 people in seven Turkish provinces. The agency said 440 people were injured. The death toll in government-held areas of Syria climbed to 111 with at least 516 injured, according to Syrian state media. Earlier, 47 people were reported killed in rebel-held areas.

    Buildings were reported collapsed in a swath from Syria’s cities of Aleppo and Hama to Turkey’s Diyarbakir, more than 330 km to the northeast.


  • February 06, 2023 11:49
    “Historically the biggest earthquake”: Syrian official

    Raed Ahmed, who heads Syria’s National Earthquake Centre, told pro-government radio that this was “historically, the biggest earthquake recorded in the history of the centre”.

    Naci Gorur, an earthquake expert with Turkey’s Academy of Sciences, urged local officials to immediately check the region’s dams for cracks to avert potentially catastrophic floodings.

    The Syrian health ministry reported damage across the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus, where Russia is leasing a naval facility.


  • February 06, 2023 11:39
    Tsunami alert reduced in Italy

    Italian authorities have reduced tsunami alert in Italy after the earthquake in Syria.


  • February 06, 2023 11:22
    111 deaths, 516 injuries in Syria in updated earthquake toll: ministry

    More than 110 people have been killed Monday in government-held parts of Syria, the Syrian Health Ministry said.

    “516 injuries and 111 deaths recorded in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus,” the Ministry said in a statement. Earlier, a local hospital told AFP at least eight were killed in the northern areas controlled by pro-Turkish factions -- bringing the country’s total to at least 119 dead.


  • February 06, 2023 10:46
    At least 195 people killed in Turkey, Syria

    People search through the wreckage of a collapsed building in Azmarin town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful earthquake has caused significant damage in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. Damage was reported across several Turkish provinces, and rescue teams were being sent from around the country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

    Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency said the 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 76 people in seven Turkish provinces. The agency said 440 people were injured.

    At least 195 people were killed in both Turkey and Syria, hundreds were injured and the toll was expected to rise.


  • February 06, 2023 10:37
    U.S. to provide assistance for those affected in the Turkey earthquake

    U.S. President Joe Biden directed USAID and other federal government partners to assess response options to the most affected areas in the Turkey and Syria earthquake, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement on Sunday.

    The United States is profoundly concerned by the reports of the destructive earthquake, he said.


  • February 06, 2023 10:36
    Turkey says 76 killed, more than 440 injured: media

    Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency says the 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 76 people in seven Turkish provinces. The agency said 440 people were injured.


  • February 06, 2023 10:00
    Deadly Turkey earthquake sends rescuers scrambling for survivors

    A young injured girl awaits treatment at a hospital follwoing an earthquake, in the Syrian border town of Azaz in the rebel-held north of the Aleppo province early on February 6, 2023, - At least 42 have been reportedly killed in north Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that originated in Turkey and was felt across neighbouring countries. (Photo by Nayef Al-ABOUD / AFP)

  • February 06, 2023 09:47
    At least 53 dead in Turkey after earthquake: officials

    At least 53 people have died on February 6 in Turkey, local officials said.

    Officials said 23 people died in the province of Malatya, 17 in Urfa, seven in Osmaniye, and six in Diyarbakir, although the toll threatened to climb much higher because of the heavy damage.


  • February 06, 2023 09:43
    42 dead, more than 200 injured in Syria: state media 

    At least 42 people died in government-controlled parts of Syria as several buildings collapsed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that had its epicentre in southeastern Turkey, state media said.

    “Forty-two deaths and 200 injuries have been reported in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia as a result of the earthquake in a preliminary toll,” state news agency SANA said quoting a Health Ministry official.


  • February 06, 2023 09:34
    18 deaths reported in Turkey, 13 in Syria: reports

    Damage reports escalate from major earthquake; at least 18 deaths reported in Turkey and 13 in Syria.


  • February 06, 2023 09:28
    At least eight dead in north Syria after earthquake: hospital

    At least eight people have been killed in north Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that originated in Turkey was felt across neighbouring countries.

    “Eight people have died in the regions of Azaz and al-Bab,” a source at a local hospital said, adding that the number is likely to rise as search and rescue operations are ongoing.


  • February 06, 2023 09:23
    130 buildings have collapsed in Turkey: official

    The Governor of Turkey’s Malatya province says 130 buildings have collapsed in the city.


  • February 06, 2023 09:16
    Several buildings collapse

    In this video grab from AFP TV taken on February 6, 2023, rescuers search for victims of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, levelling buildings across several cities and causing damages in neighbouring Syria. (Photo by Mahmut BOZARSLAN / AFPTV / AFP)

    Several buildings tumbled down in the neighbouring provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakir and Malatya, HaberTurk television reported. There was no immediate reports on casualties.

    Syria’s state media reported that some buildings collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo and the central city of Hama.

    In Damascus, buildings shook and many people went down to the streets in fear.

    The quake jolted residents in Lebanon from beds, shaking buildings for about 40 seconds. Many residents of Beirut left their homes and took to the streets or drove in their cars away from buildings.


  • February 06, 2023 09:09
    At least 15 dead in Turkey quake: local officials

    At least 15 people died in a major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey on Monday, local officials said, although the toll threatened to climb much higher because many buildings were destroyed.

    Locals officials said five people died in the province of Osmaniye and 10 more in Sanliurfa, which sits near Turkey’s border with Syria.


  • February 06, 2023 09:04
    7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey

    A 7.8 magnitude quake knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria early Monday and many casualties are feared.

    In northwest Syria, the opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense described the situation in the rebel-held region as “disastrous” adding that entire buildings have collapsed and people are trapped under the rubble. The civil defence urged people to evacuate buildings to gather in open areas.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centred about 33 kilometres (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was centred 18 kilometres (11 miles) deep, and a strong 6.7 aftershock rumbled about 10 minutes later.

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