It is now believed that at least 2,300 people have died after multiple earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria, including one that registered a 7.8 magnitude.
Rescue teams continue with desperate efforts to reach those trapped in the rubble, including whole families and children.
Footage shows a building collapsing in Malatya, Turkey during rescue efforts after the country was hit by two earthquakes. Over 2,300 people have died after both Turkey and Syria were struck by the quakes. Follow live updates | https://t.co/MkWxnoUprH pic.twitter.com/OHaUWIoGdv
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 6, 2023
In Syria, at least 582 people were killed after a 7.8 earthquake.
The quake hit an area where millions of displaced people live in tents or war-damaged buildings.
A survivor of a collapsed building in Aleppo said: "There were 12 families under there. Not a single one came out." pic.twitter.com/XtVbiUCUVD
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 6, 2023
More than 1,600 people have been killed in Turkey and Syria, where two powerful earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks collapsed thousands of buildings. The death toll is likely to keep rising.https://t.co/AyB8HNjZkf pic.twitter.com/NsqGZmBNkE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 6, 2023
Two earthquakes, the first one is 7,8 magnitude the second one is 7,6 according to officials, hit #Türkiye today in 9 hours and many aftershock.
Injured-8000+#PrayForTurkey #Syria #earthquake #turkey #deprem pic.twitter.com/mVE1hk5nU5
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) February 6, 2023
Buildings were toppled as horrified citizens fled the streets or left their homes to seek shelter.
aerial images from #Turkey post the massive #Earthquake today
Just heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/WQBbwnLBF8
— Abier (@abierkhatib) February 6, 2023
Journalists reported that a 2,200 year old castle in Gazintap, Turkey was destroyed in the earthquake.
2,200 years old castle in Gazintap destroyed after the #earthquake in #Turkey. pic.twitter.com/aJWrQvRPW0
— Fatih Artun (@fatihartun) February 6, 2023
The earthquakes are amongst the most severe in the region in living memory and have caused horrifying scenes.
BREAKING: A 3rd #earthquake just hit #Turkey 30 minutes ago, this time 7.5 on the Richter scale.
Drone footage: rescuers in Turkish cities search for earthquake survivors#turkiyeearthquake #earthquakes pic.twitter.com/noMPsP8cq5
— Rahul Sisodia (@Sisodia19Rahul) February 6, 2023
Damaging M7.8 EQ hit southern Turkey near the Syrian border ~4am local time. PAGER is red for this event; extensive damage is probable. Our hearts go out to those affected. See @Kandilli_info for local info. https://t.co/dMyc6ZVrE1 https://t.co/0OxrznZf1v pic.twitter.com/eco071JqVm
— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) February 6, 2023