Turkey and Syria earthquake – level 2

09-02-2023 07:00

On early Monday morning, a strong earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 and it was 10 kilometers deep. Hundreds of buildings collapsed and thousands of people were trapped in the rubble. The first reports said that at least 12 000 people died in Turkey and 3 500 died in Syria, but authorities expected the number to grow. Local people and rescue workers searched the rubble all night to pull out many people, including children.

Many countries are sending help to Turkey, but the earthquake damaged three airports in the country, so people cannot easily deliver things to the affected areas.

Difficult words: magnitude (a number which says the strength of an earthquake), trapped (be in one place and unable to move), rubble (broken pieces of buildings).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What will be the official death toll from the earthquake?


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