7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Turkey and Syria

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Turkey and Syria


At approximately 2024 EST, reports began to emerge of a massive earthquake near Gaziantep Turkey.

The quake’s epicenter was reported at 26km Northwest of Gaziantep, Turkey’s major city near the Syrian border. By 2100 EST, hundreds of reports flooded in from civilians, especially in Aleppo, Syria where more than thirty four structures collapsed. At least five have been confirmed killed with an unknown number trapped and buried. Tremors were felt as far as Beirut, Lebanon.

Dozens of deaths were also reported throughout Turkey especially in Maras, Antep, Osmaniye, Malatya, and Adiyaman. Turkish Interior Minister Soylu and President Erdogan made several social media posts urging civilians to stay off the streets and allow emergency services to deploy throughout the country.

As of 2217 EST, Turkish authorities have called for international aid for Southern Turkey as the casualty list grows to at least fifty. At least 53 structures have collapsed in Osmaniye and Sanliurfa alone. The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority has declared the highest level of emergency in the country. NATO forces may be sent to aid Turkish authorities.

In 2011, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed more than 600 people in Van. Turkish emergency authorities fear the death toll will be similar after so many structure collapsed. Turkey has several major fault lines running through the country that produce at least one 7.5 magnitude quake a year.


Tessaron United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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