Turkey, Syria earthquake: Worst affected area was 310 miles in diameter and home to 13.5 million; death toll now passes 33,000

Members of a search and rescue operation work on a building that collapsed during the earthquake in Antakya, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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:

  • Turkey Probes Contractors as Earthquake Deaths Pass 33,000
  • The death toll from the magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 quakes that struck nine hours apart in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria rose to 33,185 and was certain to increase as search teams find more bodies.
  • As despair bred rage at the agonizingly slow rescues, the focus turned to assigning blame.
  • Turkey’s construction codes meet current earthquake-engineering standards, at least on paper, but they are rarely enforced, explaining why thousands of buildings toppled over or pancaked down onto the people inside.
  • Rescue crews have been overwhelmed by the widespread damage that has affected roads and airports, making it even harder to move quickly.
  • Erdogan has acknowledged the initial response was hampered by the damage. He said the worst-affected area was 500 kilometers (310 miles) in diameter and home to 13.5 million people.
  • In Syria’s northwestern rebel-held region has reached 2,166, according to the rescue group the White Helmets.
  • The overall death toll in Syria stood at 3,553 on Saturday, although the 1,387 deaths reported for government-held parts of the country hadn’t been updated in days. Turkey’s death toll was 29,605 as of Sunday

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