Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll likely to ‘more than double’, UN says: At least 24,596 people have been confirmed dead after the 7.8-magnitude quake struck on Monday


Jane Clinton and agencySat 11 Feb 2023 14.14 GMT

The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria is likely to “more than double”, according to a United Nations emergency relief coordinator.

Martin Griffiths, speaking to Sky News on Saturday, said he expected tens of thousands more deaths.

At least 24,596 people have been confirmed dead after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and north-western Syria on Monday, with multiple aftershocks.

Griffiths said: “I think it is difficult to estimate precisely as we need to get under the rubble, but I’m sure it will double or more,” said Griffiths.

“That’s terrifying. This is nature striking back in a really harsh way.

“It’s deeply shocking … the idea that these mountains of rubble still hold people, some of them still alive.

“We haven’t really begun to count the number of dead.”

He said that a 72-hour period after a disaster was usually the “golden period” for rescues, which had now expired, but that survivors were still being pulled out of the rubble.

“It must be incredibly difficult to decide when to stop this rescue phase,” he said.

Griffiths said he was launching a three-month operation for Turkey and Syria to help pay for the costs of operations there.

Griffiths also told Reuters he hoped in Syria aid would go to both government and opposition-held areas, but that things with this regard were “not clear yet”.

Earlier on Saturday, Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that negotiations were continuing to gain access to more areas in Syria and called for “solidarity” in the relief effort.

Mesut Hançer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter, Irmak

He said: “Our message is clear, it’s time to put all politics aside. Just focus on the men, women and children who desperately need help in Syria and in southern Turkey.

Wherever we work, we have to work with the authorities in charge. That’s just the way that UN humanitarian aid is structured. So in the rebel-held territories, we work with the authorities there; in the government-held areas, we work with the government.”

Responding to criticism of the UN’s response to the urgent need in Syria after the earthquake, he added:

I think if I was standing in the middle of devastation and my community had been hit, I would be unhappy and I would be critical because aid never comes quickly enough. But I can tell you that the UN stands with the people of Syria, whether they live in rebel territories, whether they live in government-held territories.”

Why is earthquake aid to Syria so slow?

Why is earthquake aid to Syria so slow? | Start Here

Al Jazeera English – 10 thg 2, 2023

The earthquakes in southern Turkey and northern Syria have left millions of people in desperate need of help. But getting aid to people in Syria is particularly complicated. #AJStartHere explains why.

Syria longs for international aid amid earthquake devastation – How much is politics hampering delivery of aid to Syria?

1. Syria longs for international aid amid earthquake devastation

Al Jazeera English – 8 thg 2, 2023

The scale of the destruction in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit swaths of Turkey and Syria on Monday has been unprecedented, even for residents of the war-torn country.

On the Syrian side, the area affected by the 7.8-magnitude quake and its aftershocks is divided between government-controlled territory and the country’s last opposition-held pocket of land, encircled by Russian-backed government forces.

The UN says damaged roads, a lack of equipment and tough winter conditions are hampering efforts to find survivors in Syria.

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Earthquakes trigger call for detailed research, dams suspect

VNE – By Phan Anh   May 12, 2022 | 10:31 am GMT+7

Earthquakes trigger call for detailed research, dams suspect

A map shows the location of an earthquake epicenter in Kon Tum Province (red star), April 18, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Institute of GeophysicsRecent earthquakes in the Central Highlands are a cause for concern, says the Institute of Geophysics, calling for extensive studies and research to ascertain causes and draw up response plans.

In a report released Wednesday, it said that the earthquakes that occurred from March 2021 to April 2022, with magnitudes of 1.6 to 4.5 on the Richter scale in Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province and other nearby areas were not “severe” but there was a need to evaluate risks and dangers.

“To ascertain the causes of the earthquakes and to have a foundation for predicting seismic trends and earthquakes’ intensity in the future so that the risk of damage to residential structures and hydropower plants can be evaluated, there needs to be surveys and research on Kon Tum and neighboring areas’ geological characteristics,” the Voice of Vietnam cited the report as saying.

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Roman amphitheaters act like seismic invisibility cloaks


The discovery may explain how these buildings have survived for so long in earthquake zones.

Roman amphitheaters are among the most ancient human constructions on Earth. These structures are remarkably well preserved in various places across the ancient Roman empire.

That’s especially remarkable because much of this territory is seismically active: it sits on the tectonic boundary between the Eurasian and African plates and has experienced numerous earthquakes that have destroyed other types of buildings. So just how these amphitheaters have survived for 2,000 years is something of a puzzle.

Today we get a potential answer thanks to the work of Stéphane Brûlé and colleagues at Aix-Marseille University in southern France. These guys have studied the way that certain structures buried in the ground, or sitting on top of it, can modify the way seismic waves travel through the Earth. In particular, they have studied “seismic invisibility cloaks” that can steer seismic waves around specific regions and thereby protect them.

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Dầu khí đá phiến: Cuộc vui sắp tàn?

  • 08.04.2016, 11:21

TTCT – Nhờ dầu và khí đá phiến, nước Mỹ đã có thể tự chủ về năng lượng và giá dầu bị đẩy xuống mức thấp chưa từng có, nhưng cuộc vui này có bền vững?

Dầu khí đá phiến: Cuộc vui sắp tàn?
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Tỉnh nghèo “cõng” 42 thủy điện, mất nhiều, được ít

NN – Thứ Năm, ngày 10/11/2016

Tỉnh Quảng Nam có 42 dự án thủy điện bậc thang trên sông Vu Gia – Thu Bồn, hiện có 17 nhà máy đã phát điện. Đây là những công trình mang lại nguồn năng lượng rất to lớn, tuy nhiên cũng chính thủy điện đã để lại nhiều hậu quả cho người dân nơi đây. Chưa kể, động đất không dừng lại ở huyện Bắc Trà My, mà đã lan sang Phước Sơn, Tây Giang.


Đập thủy điện Sông Tranh 2 đưa vào hoạt động, hết rò rỉ nước, lại liên tục động đất

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Cách thoát nạn khi có động đất

Thứ tư, 23/6/2010 | 16:59 GMT+7

VE – Nếu bạn đang ở trong các tòa nhà cao tầng khi xảy ra động đất lớn, việc trước tiên là chui xuống gầm bàn chắc chắn, chứ không phải tìm cách chạy ra ngoài.


Một nạn nhân sống sót trong trận động đất ở Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc tháng 5/2008. Ảnh Xinhua.

Sau trận động đất sáng nay ở ngoài khơi bờ biển Phan Thiết, làm rung nhẹ nhiều tòa nhà ở Vũng Tàu, TP HCM và các tỉnh lân cận sáng nay, nhiều bạn đọc bày tỏ lo ngại về cách giữ an toàn khi động đất xảy ra.

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