Zakat Foundation of America Emergency Response Team is on the ground distributing life saving aid to earthquake survivors.
Zakat Foundation of America’s emergency relief team is on the ground, assessing the situation to uplift victims whose livelihoods have been buried beneath rubble.
UPDATE: Another deadly earthquake, measuring a 6.4 magnitude, struck Feb. 20. Zakat Foundation of America has not stopped its relief efforts for the first earthquake and its aftershocks, and it is on the ground continuing aid after the most recent calamity has struck.
A deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and Syria early Monday morning local time.
Buildings have collapsed, people evacuated their homes, and those who were able to survive spent the aftermath in their cars in extreme cold.
Rescue teams are frantically looking for survivors. As time passes, the victims lost under the rubble have a lower chance of survival. At least 20 aftershocks have hit since, the strongest measuring 6.6 magnitude.
Zakat Foundation of America’s global Emergency Relief teams are also currently taking cover in their cars, and as soon as the situation allows, they will be assessing the situation and beginning rescue and relief efforts.
7.8 magnitude earthquake
41,000+ people killed, death toll expected to rise
82,000+ people injured
300+ aftershocks followed, strongest one measuring at 6.6 magnitude
This emergency has hit very close to home for Zakat Foundation of America, as the Executive Director's family had to evacuate their hometown, a city built below a dam. Some fear the aftershocks may cause the dam to break and cause further destruction.
On February 6, 2023, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border.
At 4:17 a.m. local time, the quake hits at a depth of 11 miles (17.9 km) Nurdağı in Gaziantep province.
300+ aftershocks with a magnitude of at least 6.6 rumble across the region within 11 hours of the first tremor, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The quake hits a region already beset by turmoil from more than a decade of Syria’s conflict and the ongoing refugee crisis.
Strongest earthquake to hit in 100 years
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
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