The death toll in Turkey is continuing to rise following the devastating earthquake on Monday February 6th.
The initial earthquake struck south-east Turkey as a 7.8 magnitude quake, according to USGS. Several aftershocks then followed, including a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude in the same region, less than 12 hours later.
Several provinces are affected, thousands of buildings collapsed. Rescue teams were brought together from all over the country. So far there have been over 240 aftershocks.
Experts from the Kandilli earthquake station in Istanbul speak of the strongest earthquake in Turkey for decades. According to EU officials, it was one of the strongest in the region in more than 100 years. The country is repeatedly affected by severe earthquakes.
The WeatherRadar at the time of the earthquake during the early hours of Monday February 6th.
Two of the largest continental plates meet in the affected regions: the African and the Eurasian. In fact, most of the Turkish population lives in constant danger of earthquakes.
On Monday February 6th 2023, the numerous earthquakes occurred along a fracture zone running from southwest to northeast.
Researchers say the possibility for major aftershocks could continue for weeks and months. Harsh winter weather is worsening the situation; sub-zero temperatures will be persisting, but the risk of snow on the WeatherRadar is now reducing.
Currently, snow and freezing conditions are affecting the region, with the death toll expected to rise further as people remain trapped under rubble outside. The World Health Organisation anticipate the number to rise eight-fold.