Syria and Turkey are still searching for survivors as earthquake labeled deadliest in nearly two decades

Residents retrieve an injured girl from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in the town of Jandaris, in the countryside of Syria's northwestern city of Afrin in the rebel-held part of Aleppo province, on February 6, 2023. RAMI AL SAYED/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Earthquakes that killed thousands in Syria and Turkey are world’s deadliest in nearly two decades
  • As of Feb. 16, ten days after the initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region, more than 41,000 people are known to have died. That earthquake was only the start of the growing disaster, with another 5.7 magnitude quake hitting the following day and hundreds of aftershocks in between.
  • The earthquakes are the deadliest to occur in the world since a massive 2005 quake in Pakistan killed more than 70,000 people.
  • In 2011, nearly 20,000 people were killed after a 9.0 quake off of Japan’s coast triggered a tsunami.
  • And the year before [2010] that, a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti devastated the capital city, Port au Prince, with a death toll estimated at 200,000 or more.
  • 2018 in Indonesia at least 4,340 people were killed by the earthquake and its torrential aftermath, including at least 1,200 in the tsunami

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