Earthquake in Turkey Death Toll; PH To Send 85-Man Response Team

President Marcos states that the Philippines will be sending an 85-person response team following the strong earthquake in Turkey. See details below.

EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY – A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Turkey and the Philippines is sending an 85-person response team.

In a previous article, the online news was rocked with reports about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that had hit Turkey and Syria, among the strongest to be recorded. The shaking reached Israel and Lebanon and several deaths were caused by the tremor have been listed.

Earthquake in Turkey
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The epicenter was 23 kilometers east of Nurdagi in Gaziantep, a province in Turkey, and a depth of 24.1 kilometers. 60 aftershocks were noted following the major shaking.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said the country will be sending a response team to Turkey and Syria composed of 85 people to help the victims. He according to has coordinated their deployment with the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The team is expected to leave for Turkey on Wednesday night, February 8.

Bongbong Marcos

According to the latest bulletin from the report of The Guardian, the death toll has passed 5,000 and 5,775 buildings have been confirmed to have collapsed. And thousands have sought temporary shelters in trains.

The powerful quake is believed to be the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939. According to data, earthquakes this powerful happen rarely, and in Turkey, there were seven quakes with magnitude 7.0 or greater that have struck in the past 25 years and the recent one is the strongest.


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