An illustration of an Earthquake in Turkey. YAYIMAGES.

7.8 Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria

A 7.8 Earthquake struck Turkey, Syria, and surrounding areas, destroying thousands of structures and killing thousands of people. The Earthquake has badly damaged the historic Castle of Gaziantep.


An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook countries Turkey and Syria as well as surrounding regions on February 6, 2023. So far, reports suggest that more than 3,800 people have tragically lost their lives. More than 15,000 people are injured, with many more missing or still beneath the rubble of structures that collapsed. The earthquake was one of the strongest ever recorded in Turkey. Its epicenter was located in the Kahramanmaras region, some 600 kilometers southeast of Ankara, at a depth of seven kilometers, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD). It occurred at 4:17 a.m. local time and lasted a devastating 30 seconds.

So far, reports suggest more than five thousand structures have collapsed, forcing people to live on the streets in freezing temperatures. One of Turkey’s most badly damaged cities was Gaziantep, home to over two million people. Gaziantep is a historical city home to several ancient structures, such as the castle of Gaziantep. This structure is an ancient relic of the Roman empire, and the massive earthquake badly damaged the edifice. The fortress was an important part of Turkish culture, and its partial destruction was a major blow to the country’s wealthy history. The castle of Gaziantep was one of the best-preserved castles in the country.

As expected, when such natural catastrophes occur, the international community has offered its support to both countries, many of which have already sent help in the form of clothing, medicine, supply, and search and rescue personnel. The European Union activated the Integrated Political Crisis Response Group (known as IPCR) in response to the situation to “coordinate support measures.” The President of the United States, Joe Biden, revealed that the US would offer all the help it can offer to help the people of Turkey recover from this tragic natural disaster. Our hearts and prayers go out to all people affected by this tragic natural disaster.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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