Last night, the southeast region of Türkiye and a part of northern Syria were struck by a massive strike-slip earthquake, when two tectonic plates slipped past each other. The first earthquake happened at 4 in the morning, a 7.8 magnitude. A 6.7 magnitude aftershock hit just 11 minutes later. Then 10 hours later, the region was shaken again by a 7.5 earthquake. Since the first earthquake, 91 aftershocks have hit the area, ranging from a 4.0 to 7.5 on the Richter Scale.
The earthquake is one of the worst in the country since 1999, when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Istanbul, where 18,000 people die. The current death toll (at the time of writing) is around 3700. The current estimated death toll ranges from 9,420-64,000.
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