February 6, 2023

TURKEY: A Powerful 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Central Turkey And Northwest Syria Early Monday Morning. More Than 500 People Dead And Hundreds Injured As Buildings Collapsed Across The Region.

dutchsinse published February 5, 2023: Update -- Large M7.8 Earthquake in Turkey / South Europe -- New warning areas issued.
I recommend that you follow dutchsinse on YouTube for regular worldwide earthquake and volcano activity updates. He does great work. He's very dedicated and enthusiastic. I appreciate him. (emphasis mine)
The new warning areas down stream (following the arrows shown on the screen) take us to Italy, Albania Montenegro Bosnia, and Romania, as well as North Africa Algeria, and out to the Azores. M5.9 energy due to spread, meaning keep watch for upper 5.0 to low 6 over the next several days in all three locations.

Most likely all three of the above will be struck.

Additionally the flow should go through Romania to Poland and Netherlands, finally going out to the North Pole Svalbard.

UK english channel should be on watch along the French Coast of Normandy, North to Wales for potential M4.0+ earthquake activity (not mentioned in this video but needs to be typed out now since I forgot to mention it).

There is a very slight threat (as mentioned in the end of the video) that this event is not done yet, and additional large(er) earthquake activity could strike if the plate boundary is truly forming like it appears now. Hopefully it is not connecting to the Iranian plate --- this would be a very big deal if a new plate boundary formed across Turkey back East to Iran across the 'open area' on the USGS plate boundary map.

We are also watching the antipode (new zealand east coast all the way north to fiji) for a potential compensation antipode event that could be similar in size to the original M7.8 in Turkey in the next several days as well.

Things have gone through the roof for the time being (seismically speaking) as the spread has now reached across all of Turkey from Istanbul back across the M7.8 epicenter, reaching back East towards the border with Iran at this point.
FOX 11 Los Angeles published February 5, 2023: More than 200 killed as powerful earthquake hits central Turkey. A 7.8 magnitude quake hit central Turkey early Monday morning. At least 200 people have been killed in Turkey and nearby Syria, but that number is expected to climb. 
9 News Australia published February 5, 2023: Powerful earthquake kills at least 568 people in Turkey and Syria. A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit south-east Turkey and Syria early on Monday, toppling buildings and sending panicked residents pouring outside on a cold winter night.
nzherald.co.nz published February 5, 2023: WATCH: Apartment block collapses as 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey. Video footage reveals the first images of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has struck southeast Turkey and Syria.

Reuters News
written by Umit Ozdal and Ece Toksabay
Sunday February 5, 2023 at 11:34 PM PST

DIYARBAKIR/ANKARA, Turkey - A major earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, killing more than 500 people and injuring hundreds as buildings collapsed across the region, triggering searches for survivors in the rubble.

The quake, which hit in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

"We were shaken like a cradle. There were nine of us at home. Two sons of mine are still in the rubble, I'm waiting for them," said one woman, her arm broken and wounds on her face as she spoke in an ambulance near the wreckage of the seven-storey block where she lived in Diyarbakir.

"I have never felt anything like it in the 40 years I've lived," said Erdem, a resident of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the quake's epicentre, who declined to give his surname.

"We were shaken at least three times very strongly."

Turkey's vice president Fuat Oktay said 284 people had been killed and 2,323 people were injured, as authorities scrambled rescue teams and supply aircraft to the affected area, while declaring a "level 4 alarm" that calls for international assistance.

In Syria, already devastated by more than 11 years of civil war, a government health official said more than 237 people had been killed and some 600 injured, most in the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia, where numerous buildings tumbled down.

In the Syrian rebel-held northwest, a rescue service said dozens had been killed.

Turkish state broadcaster RTR showed rescue workers in Osmaniye province using a blanket to carry an injured man out of a collapsed four-storey building and putting him in an ambulance. He was the fifth to be pulled from the rubble, it said.

Footage on broadcaster CNNTurk showed the historic Gaziantep Castle was severely damaged.

President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with the governors of eight affected provinces to gather information on the situation and rescue efforts, his office said in a statement.


Footage from the Syrian border town of Azaz - an area held by opposition forces - showed a rescue worker carrying a toddler from a damaged building.

"The situation is very tragic, tens of buildings have collapsed in the city of Salqin," a member of the White Helmets rescue organisation said in a video clip on Twitter, referring to another town about 5 km (3 miles) from the Turkish border.

Homes were "totally destroyed", said the rescuer on the clip, which showed a street strewn with rubble.

President Bashar al-Assad was holding an emergency cabinet meeting to review the damage and discuss the next steps, his office said.

Syrian state television showed footage of rescue teams searching for survivors in heavy rain and sleet. Health officials urged the public to help take the injured to emergency rooms.

"Wounded people are still arriving in waves," Aleppo's health director, Ziad Hage Taha, told Reuters by telephone.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Aleppo posted photographs of blocks of stone that had crashed down onto its mezzanine.

In nearby countryside, rescuers carried a bloodied, wailing baby out of a collapsed building, while, in the town of Azaz, a crane prised away slabs of concrete as rescuers carried away a body wrapped in a sheet. read more

Many buildings in the region had already suffered damage in fighting during nearly 12 years of civil war.

People in Damascus, and in the Lebanese cities of Beirut and Tripoli, ran into the street and took to their cars to get away from their buildings in case they collapsed, witnesses said.


The United States was "profoundly concerned" about the quake in Turkey and Syria and was monitoring events closely, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter.

"I have been in touch with Turkish officials to relay that we stand ready to provide any and all needed assistance," he said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.8 quake struck at a depth of 17.9 km. It reported a series of earthquakes, one of 6.7 magnitude.

The region straddles seismic fault lines.

It is the most severe quake in Turkey since 1999 when a similar magnitude quake devastated Izmit and the heavily populated eastern Marmara Sea region near Istanbul, killing more than 17,000.

The tremor lasted about a minute and shattered windows, according to a Reuters witness in Diyarbakir, 350 km (218 miles)to the east, where a security official said at least 17 buildings collapsed.

Authorities said 16 structures collapsed in Sanliurfa and 34 in Osmaniye.

Broadcasters TRT and Haberturk showed footage of people picking through building wreckage, moving stretchers and seeking survivors in the city of Kahramanmaras, where it was still dark.

"Our primary job is to carry out the search and rescue work and to do that all our teams are on alert," Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters.

Tremors were also felt in the Turkish capital of Ankara, 460 km (286 miles) northwest of the epicentre, and in Cyprus, where police reported no damage.

"The earthquake struck in a region that we feared. There is serious widespread damage," Kerem Kinik, the chief of the Turkish Red Crescent relief agency, told Haberturk, issuing an appeal for blood donations.

Turkey is among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. More than 17,000 people were killed in 1999 when a 7.6-magnitude quake struck Izmit, a city southeast of Istanbul. In 2011, a quake in the eastern city of Van killed more than 500.

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