Major quake kills dozens across Turkey, Syria

A White Helmets rescue team tries to retrieve an injured man from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in the border town of Azaz in the rebel-held north of the Aleppo province. – AFP, February 6, 2023.

A POWERFUL 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria today, killing dozens, levelling buildings while people were still in their sleep, and sending tremors that were felt as far away as Cyprus.

Local officials in Turkey put the initial death toll at 53, although it threatened to climb substantially higher because it caught most people while they were still at home asleep.

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