Turkey Earthquakes Casualties almost Hitting 9,000

After days of rescue operations, 8,700 people have been reported dead and over tens of thousands of people injured by the deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake which structed Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 6.

Turkey’s disaster management agency said the numbers could significantly climb higher.

Where the earthquake hit

The first earthquake was 11 miles deep and struck the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, about 150 miles from the Turkey-Syria border, while the second was six miles deep and struck Turkey’s Kahramanmaras region, about 80 miles north of Gaziantep.

International Aids

Governments and international organizations from around the world have rushed to respond with offers of support. The United States and China sent in International Rescue Teams comprising altogether over 160 people and searching dogs along with 20 tons of supplies and equipment.

Britain and India not only sending in personnel and rescue dogs but also medics along with medical supplies.

Thailand has also delivered financial support amounting to $30,000 to assist the Syrian refugees.


The quake on Monday was one of the strongest in Turkey in the last century. According to the US Geological Survey, the one in 1939 was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the east of the nation and killed more than 30,000 people.