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  • Mar 01, 2023

Main News: Cultural Sector Rallies for Earthquake Relief

Photo of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre working closely with emergency teams from European Union member states and other nations, alongside Turkish authorities to rapidly mobilize assistance. Copyright European Union, 2023. Photo by Begum Iman. Image via Flickr. 

A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria in the early morning of February 6, followed by another 7.5-magnitude quake nine hours later. The twin quakes, followed by more than 2,000 aftershocks, destroyed tens of thousands of buildings, killing more than 50,000 people, according to a United Nations estimate, and caused more than 200,000 injuries across the region. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes including thousands of Syrian refugees living in Turkey.