5 back-to-back earthquakes leave over 8000 people dead in Turkey, Syria

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Five back-to-back earthquakes since Monday have killed over 8,300 people and left tens of thousands injured in Turkey and Syria, reported Mint.

Officials and medics said 5,894 people have died in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria, bringing the total to 8,364.

On Monday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 centered in the Pazarcik district jolted Kahramanmaras and hit several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis.

Later in the day, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitudes centred in Kahramanmaras’s Elbistan district jolted the region. The earthquake was also felt in several neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Syria.

The third earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Goksun, Turkey. The United Nations said the first quake of magnitude 7.8 that had hit southern Turkey early Monday was the county’s most powerful quake in more than 80 years.

Meanwhile, the Turkish president on Tuesday declared a ‘state of emergency ’ in 10 worst-hit provinces for the next 3 months. (Mint)

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