Three massive earthquakes shake Turkey in 24 hours – A look at some of the deadliest earthquakes in recent years


Three powerful earthquakes in 24 hours caused massive destruction in Turkey on Monday. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in southeast Turkey, which occurred early in the morning, was the worst to hit the country this century and was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. It was followed by 2 more massive earthquakes of magnitudes 7.7 and 6 in the afternoon. Here’s a look at some of the deadliest earthquakes in recent years.

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Turkey | February 6, 2023 | The magnitude 7.8 quake struck at 04:17 local time (06:47 IST) at a depth of 17.9 km near the city of Gaziantep. Many buildings have collapsed and there are reports of people being trapped and a growing number of casualties. The towns affected by the tremors are Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Diyarbakir and Kilis. The earthquake was also felt in the capital Ankara. In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed after a powerful quake shook the northwest of the country. (Image: Reuters)


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Indonesia | November 21, 2022 | A devastating 5.6 magnitude earthquake has occurred in West Java, Indonesia. It was very shallow and considered the deadliest this year in Indonesia, killing 162 people and injuring 326 as buildings collapsed. (Image: Reuters)


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Afghanistan | June 21, 2022 | A magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred in eastern Afghanistan at a depth of 51 km. It was the deadliest earthquake to hit the country in two decades and its tremors were felt in India and Pakistan. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and over a thousand people were killed and 1,500 were injured. (Image: Reuters)


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Haiti | August 14, 2021 | A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km. It destroyed more than a million buildings, killing more than 2,200 people and injuring around 12,700. This event happened almost 11 years after the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. (Image: Reuters)


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Albania | November 26, 2019 | A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit Albania, centered 30 km west of Tirana, at a depth of 10 km followed by a second earthquake near Durres (34 km northwest of Tirana) . It was the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in decades and left 750 injured and 51 dead. (Image: Reuters)


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Iran-Iraq | November 12, 2017 | A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the border region between Iran and Iraq. It was the deadliest earthquake to date in 2017. Most of the reported casualties were in Kermanshah, Western Province of Iran, near the earthquake’s epicenter. The earthquake injured 10,000 people and 440 were killed. (Image: Reuters)


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