When did the Türkiye (Turkey) Earthquake Happen?
Having recently received the devastating Türkiye earthquake news, we know that it occurred at 04:17 local time on 6 February 2023, killing upwards of 11,000 people as they slept. Just hours after the initial quake, a second one occurred. In addition to the thousands that the quake killed, many more found themselves trapped and injured. The death toll has since exceeded 44,000 across Türkiye and Syria.
Where in Türkiye (Turkey) was the Earthquake?
The initial earthquake occurred near the city of Gaziantep, and the second hit the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras province. Despite this, the damage wasn’t exclusive to each area. The Türkiye earthquake death toll expanded as far as Syria, making this the most devastating earthquake that the country has seen since 1999.
The Effects of the Earthquake in Türkiye (Turkey)
In addition to the Türkiye earthquake deaths, the tremor with a 7.8 magnitude and depth of 17.9km has left thousands injured and homeless. In fact, at least 80,270 people in Türkiye have been hurt, as well as 14,500 in Syria. This is on top of the multiple structures that have collapsed, including four- or five-storey buildings that have been left as nothing but rubble.
Many of the victims were already in unstable conditions prior to the earthquake, with millions of refugees living in camps on either side of the border. Since homes in refugee camps aren’t built to be permanent structures, this makes them even more vulnerable to the threat of natural disasters. As a result, thousands of refugees are finding themselves not only displaced but homeless, too.
What’s more, the current freezing and snowy conditions are making it even harder to rescue those in need.
You can help these refugees by donating to our Türkiye earthquake appeal.
Make Your Türkiye (Turkey) Earthquake Donation
In order to help those who need it most, UKIM has launched an emergency appeal. We need your donations to facilitate this aid to those in desperate need.