A huge 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey early Monday and was felt throughout Syria and Egypt as well. At least 175 people have perished as of this writing, though the toll is expected to rise.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Turkey early Monday is tied as the strongest the country has experienced in more than 100 years of records, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS said an equally powerful 7.8 magnitude quake that hit eastern Turkey in 1939 resulted in more than 30,000 deaths.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake map is currently showing that multiple aftershocks are hitting the region.
Apocalyptic videos are being uploaded to Twitter as the scope of the disaster becomes apparent:
Southeast Turkey was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that lasted 90 seconds. Over 100 buildings were reported to have collapsed in my home town alone (Malatya). People waiting for rescue are reporting their locations at #DEPREMOLDU pic.twitter.com/RVN3acqBcc — Eren Bali (@erenbali) February 6, 2023
Karl Lang, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech University’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, told CNN the area hit by the quake Monday is prone to seismic activity. “It’s a seismogenic area. It’s a very large fault zone, but this is a larger earthquake than they’ve experienced any time in recent memory,” Lang said. “The magnitude of shaking that is felt on the surface is both a function of the amount of energy released, the s