|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Overview|
Information Guide concerning the earthquakes affecting Turkey and Syria in February 2023.
In the early morning of 6 February 2023 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Gaziantep Province in Turkey, near the border with Syria. Later that morning, a separate 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Kahramanmaraş Province. Nearly 4,000 aftershocks had been reported throughout the following week. Another earthquake was particularly felt in the region again on 21 February.
The earthquakes caused extensive damage and loss of life with death tolls in the two countries totaling approximately 42,000 one week after the event. Search and rescue missions, which were hampered by a winter storm causing freezing temperatures, continued with tens of thousands of people reported missing. Areas of Syria affected by the earthquakes included both government-controlled and rebel-held regions, which complicated relief and emergency aid efforts.
The earthquakes are the deadliest in Turkey's modern history and caused damage estimated to cost between US$55 to 90 billion. Following the earthquakes, countries across the globe responded by offering humanitarian aid and emergency rescue services. At least 53,000 people were estimated to have died as a result of the disaster.
An International Donors' Conference organised by the European Commission and Sweden's Presidency of the Council of the European Union was held on 20 March 2023 to support those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
|Subject Tags||Civil Protection, Risk | Crisis Management|
|Countries / Regions||Syria, Turkey|