Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey

Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey

Laila Richardson Jenkins

This week Syria and parts of Turkey have been hit with a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Roughly estimated around 11,000 have been reported deceased and thousands or more are injured. This earthquake has caused buildings to fall and leave nothing but rubbish. Search teams have been sent out to look for people that might have been under the demolished buildings and are still alive or the bodies of the people who didn’t make it out in time.

Hundreds of aftershocks and the frigid cold weather made it harder for rescue teams to help and treat the survivors. The government has supplied about 100 earthquake equipped shelters and is starting to send aid there. Turkey has been prone to earthquakes in the past and the death toll and damages are always high.

A large number of people believe that the death tolls are high because of the poor quality that goes into making the buildings and infrastructure. Many think that the people who are constructing the buildings are using cheap materials to when an earthquake hits than the infrastructure turn into complete rubbish taking everyone who was in it with them.

In Turkey’s National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan, it highlights how the rapid immigration and refugee from neighboring countries in the 1950s led to poorly built cities and unsupervised construction.