Why Was the Turkey and Syria Earthquake So Lethal?


By The Anand Market  

Two earthquakes strike Turkey 

Image Source: Google

On Monday, Turkey was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, only hours after experiencing its most severe quake in the past ten years, which had originated in southeastern Turkey and had a magnitude of 7.9. 

Hundreds dead 

Image Source: Google

At least 1300 people lost their lives across Turkey and neighbouring Syria, as the quake triggered large-scale damages and toppling buildings. The death toll is feared to rise. 

912 dead in Turkey 

Image Source: Google

According to Turkey's President, over 912 individuals have lost their lives in 10 provinces of Turkey, and over 5,400 were left injured. 

Over dead 300 in Syria 

Image Source: Google

According to the Health Ministry, the number of fatalities in areas under government control in Syria has risen to 326, with approximately 1000 individuals being injured. 

The epicentre 

Image Source: Google

The earthquake occurred at 4:17 AM (01:17 GMT), with its epicenter located in Kahramanmaras in the Gaziantep province, approximately 33 km from Gaziantep, the capital city. 

What caused it? 

Image Source: Google

Turkey is situated on significant fault lines, including the North Anatolian Fault and the East Anatolian Fault, and regularly experiences earthquakes.

Why was it so deadly? 

Image Source: Google

The epicenter of the earthquake was situated 33 km from Gaziantep, a city with a population of over 2 million. It was also located approximately 50 km from the border of northwest Syria, an area where about 1.7 million displaced individuals reside. 

Not too deep 

Image Source: Google

The earthquake resulted in high casualties due to its shallow epicenter, only 18 km deep, that amplified its intensity at the surface. Additionally, the inadequate construction of houses in Turkey compounded the severity of the situation. 

Do you Like this Story?

Please share by clicking this button!