Earthquake may have moved Turkey three metres, Italian seismologist says

Death toll in Syria and Turkey surpasses 8,000

Six-month-old baby and mother rescued alive 30 hours after Turkey earthquake

Six-month-old baby and mother rescued alive 30 hours after Turkey earthquake
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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey on Monday may have moved the country by three metres south-west, says the head of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

“It is as if Turkey had moved to the south-west and Arabia to the north-east,” Carlo Doglioni, told Italy24.

The earthquake's death toll has reached more than 8,000, with almost 6,000 people killed in Turkey and more than 1,220 dead in north-western Syria.

Turkey sits above major fault lines bordering the planet's Anatolian Plate, Arabian Plate and Eurasian Plate, making it prone to earthquakes.

Dr Doglioni said: “What we call the Arabian plate has moved about three meters in a northeast-southwest direction relative to the Anatolian plate.”

He said more information was needed to draw a definitive conclusion.

Some tales of survival have been shocking, others devastating, even for White Helmets rescue members who have been operating for 11 years since the war in Syria.

“At least during air strikes, which have been horrific, we knew they would eventually stop and were targeting specific areas,” Hamid Qatini, a veteran White Helmets rescuer now working with peers in north-western Syria's most affected areas, told The National.

“Here, the damage is much greater and the feeling of helplessness is much stronger.

“They're both difficult situations, but the earthquake's devastation has been more difficult to deal with. Every time we rescue someone, we feel joy but we have seen very tragic scenes that will undoubtedly sink in later.”

As aid pours into Turkey, with the first batch of aid from Egypt and the UAE arriving at Damascus airport, the UN said it is temporarily halting aid into north-western Syria that flows from Turkey due to roads being damaged in the quake.

Updated: February 08, 2023, 8:45 AM