Earthquakes that killed thousands in Syria and Turkey are among the worst in the last decade. Here are the others.
A series of large and devastating earthquakes has left parts of the Middle East in shambles. On Monday, Syria and Turkey were rocked by one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit neighboring countries in recent years and one of the deadliest earthquake events of the past decade.
From Tuesday, more than 6,000 people have died in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region the day before. That quake was just the beginning of the latest incident, with another 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday and hundreds of aftershocks in between. Photos and videos by people at the scene show widespread debris from collapsed buildings and countless people being rescued from crushing debris.
The death toll continues to mount, making Syria and Turkey victims of one of the deadliest earthquake disasters in recent history. Here are the other deadly earthquakes of the past decade.
Syria and Turkey – at least 6,000 people
Tens of thousands of people have been injured in Syria and Turkey since Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, when thousands more bodies were recovered. The hardest-hit countries are known for having the “world’s largest refugee population,” according to the UN refugee agency, as Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million refugees seeking shelter from Syria’s civil war.
Ten Turkish provinces are affected by the tremors – and at least 1.7 million of the people living there are Syrian refugees. There are more than 6.8 million internally displaced persons in Syria, as well as 60,000 Palestinian refugees.
Afghanistan – 1,100 people
On June 22, 2022, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the provinces of Khost and Paktika in eastern Afghanistan. After the disaster, Muhammad Amin Hafiza, head of information and culture in the hard-hit Paktika province, told CBS News that “some families completely disappeared” in his province. It was the deadliest quake to hit the country in 20 years, and it only got worse when a magnitude 4.2 aftershock struck almost exactly the same spot two days later, claiming at least five other lives.
Haiti – 2,200 people
A Saturday morning in Haiti quickly descended into turmoil on August 14, 2021 when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck strong enough to be felt in neighboring countries hit the region. Initial reports indicated that hundreds had been killed, but in just over a week it became clear that more than 2,200 people had been killed. Thousands more were injured and almost 53,000 homes were destroyed.
Indonesia – 4,300 people
The devastation in Indonesia in 2018 was mainly due to the triggering of a tsunami. On September 28 of this year a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the island of Sulawesi triggered a 10-foot tsunami and several strong aftershocks, including one measuring 6.7 magnitude. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, at least 4,340 people are estimated to have died from the earthquake and its torrential aftermath, including at least 1,200 from the tsunami.
Nepal – 8,800 people
The deadliest earthquake in the past ten years occurred on April 25, 2015 Nepal. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck that day, quickly becoming the worst to hit the country in more than 80 years and strong enough to be felt in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan, and an avalanche on Mount triggering Everest. There was more than two dozen aftershocksincluding one of magnitude 7.3 that happened almost three weeks later.
According to the United Nations, more than 8,800 people lost their lives in the natural disaster.
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