Several hours ago, a massive devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Turkey and Syria, killing at least 1000 people and injuring thousands more. The death toll keeps rising. Numerous buildings that fell during the earthquake are currently having people rescued out from under them. More people have died in Syria. In a region where millions of people have fled the Syrian civil war and other crises, one of the worst to hit Turkey in at least a century completely destroyed big portions of major cities.According to Raed Ahmed, the director of Syria’s National Earthquake Center, this was “historically the greatest earthquake recorded in the history of the centre.”
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, had expressed sympathy for Turkey following the earthquake on Twitter, writing that his country “stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and is ready to offer all necessary aid to cope with this catastrophe.” The arrival of NDRF search and rescue, medical, and aid personnel in the nation was ordered by PM Modi. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the earthquake was 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles) beneath the surface, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi in Turkey’s Gaziantep province.
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