Death toll rises to 31,643

Death toll rises to 31,643
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the latest death toll as 21,043. Hundreds of thousands of buildings were uninhabitable across southern Turkey and that authorities would take steps to start rebuilding damaged cities within weeks, he said

12:15 AM

The death toll from the massive earthquakes in Turkey has risen to 31,643, the disaster management agency AFAD announced on Monday. 158.165 survivors have been transferred to other provinces, it added.

06.12 AM

A Turkish Airlines plane, carrying relief supplies, landed at the Hatay Airport for the first time after the earthquake.

The airport was damaged in the earthquakes its runway had become unusable.

05:05 PM

AFAD updated fatalities as 29,605. Over 147,000 survivors have so far been evacuated from earthquake areas, it said.

12:54 AM

The impact of the earthquake on Turkey's growth domestic product (GDP) is unlikely to be as strong as after the earthquake in 1999, IMF Executive Director Mahmoud Mohieldin told reporters on the sidelines of the Arab Fiscal Forum on Sunday.

Mohieldin added that after the initial impact over the next few months, public and private sector investments in rebuilding could boost GDP growth going forward.

12:47 AM

5,273 fatalities have been reported in Syria so far, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, noting that 2,063 people died in government-controlled areas and 3,210 in areas controlled by armed factions. This brings total fatalities in Turkey and Syria close to 30,000 in the twin earthquakes on 6 February.

11:51 AM

A Turkish geophysical engineer estimated the number of earthquake victims still trapped under the rubble as 84,000.

Prof. Ovgun Ahmet Ercan said on Sunday:

"The total number of people estimated to have been trapped under the rubble is 189,000. 80,000 people have so far been rescued, with injuries. This leaves behind 109,000. As the current fatalities stand at 25,000, it means 84,000 are still under the rubble, awaiting rescue."

11:40 AM

Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Turkey's earthquake hit city of Adana on Sunday. He was greeted at the airport by his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.


Dendias tweeted:

"I am visiting Turkey today, where accompanied by my Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, I will meet with the members of the Hellenic Relief Mission, which is operating in the areas that have suffered catastrophic damage from the recent earthquakes."

00:13 AM

Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay updated the fatalities as 24,617.

05:10 PM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll in Turkey earthquake disaster has risen to 21,848

04:08 PM

The Austrian army has suspended rescue operations in quake-hit Turkey due to "an increasingly difficult security situation", its spokesperson said in a tweet on Saturday.

Ministry spokesperson Michael Bauer tweeted that the Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) was available for further rescue operations when the working environment became safe.

03:12 PM

HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) deputy for Diyarbakir, Garo Paylan, tweeted, "A significant portion of the bodies dug up in Adiyaman are buried by their relatives without being on record."

Garo Paylan said that the actual death toll is far higher than the number disclosed by AFAD.

02:36 PM

The death toll in Turkey earthquake disaster has risen to 21,043, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced.

01.20 PM

A fire crew coming from Western Turkey detected a sound from the wreckage in Antakya. After intense efforts, the teams managed to rescue a baby, who is estimated to be 2 months old, from under the rubble after 128 hours.

11:02 AM

The death toll in Turkey from this week's devastating earthquakes has risen to 20,665, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on Saturday.

00:14 AM

Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said that around one million and fifty thousand earthquake survivors are currently accommodated in temporary shelters.

11:28 PM

A Spanish team of over 70, including health workers, started setting up a field hospital in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay that is among the worst hit areas in the earthquake zone. The hospital will have a capacity to treat 150-200 patients at once, and surgical operations will be performed.


10:29 PM

Parts from Koran was recited for the victims of the earthquake in various churches in Germany on Friday, Turkish state news agency AA reported.

09:45 PM

Turkish health Minister updated the fatalities as 20,213, injured as 80,052.

09:23 PM

Drone footage in southern Turkey, obtained by Reuters, showed fissures slicing and cracking across fields, roads, streams and hillsides, caused by the massive earthquake that struck the region early Monday.

One jagged scar of bare and cracked earth, opened up by the quake, cut deep into embankments and ran along expanses of open land up to the horizon near the town of Tevekkeli, in Turkey's southern province of Maras.


When it hit a highway, it smashed the tarmac and metal barriers. Huge boulders had tumbled down the hills on the side of the road.

Drivers had to wait in turn to navigate the fractured route.

Near the village of Tepehan, huge gorges cut through groves close to a house, leaving islands of grey-brown land and trees perched on the edge of new precipices. Other trees lay uprooted on their sides.

09:16 PM

Turkish daily Cumhuriyet said they received information that the construction contractors of a building that collapsed in Turkey's southern city of Adana in the earthquake fled Turkey.

The owners of the construction company Hasan Alpargun and his son Hasan Can Alpargun left for Northern Cyprus on 6 February, immediately after the earthquake struck, the daily said.

More recently the constructor of a collapsed building in Antioch was arrested allegedly as he was trying to flee the country.

09:05 PM

AFAD updated the fatalities as 19,875, injured as 79,717.

08:11 PM

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Turk called for immediate ceasefire in Syria, and full respect of human rights and humanitarian law obligations so help can reach everyone.

05:23 PM

Turkish president Erdogan updated the death toll as 19,388, the number of injured as 77,711.

04:10 PM

A fire at Turkey's Iskenderun port has been extinguished and maritime operations have resumed in the region, Turkey's maritime authority said on Friday, four days after the blaze broke out after following earthquakes that struck the country.


More than a thousand containers which had caught on fire are being separated and the rehabilitation of the port will begin swiftly, it said.

A source at the port told reuters that smoke was still rising from the scene as cooling operations continue.

03:51 PM

More than 95,000 families applied to the Ministry of social services in the last two days to become a foster family for earthquake-affected children.

03:10 PM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the death toll after the earthquakes in Turkey reached to 18,911.

12:22 AM

Turkish police announced that 302 accounts who had made "provocative posts" about the earthquake on social media platforms had been tracked down, 37 people were taken into custody, and 10 arrested and jailed pending trial.

10:27 AM

The death toll in Turkey earthquakes has risen to 18,342, with the number of people injured rising to 74,242, the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.

00:04 AM

The World Bank announced Thursday plans to provide $1.78 billion in aid to Turkey to help relief and recovery efforts after the 6 February earthquake.

"We are providing immediate assistance and preparing a rapid assessment of the urgent and massive needs on the ground," said World Bank President David Malpass in a statement.

11:59 PM

Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay updated the fatalities as 17,674, the injured as 72,879.

11:07 PM

Armenian deputy for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Thursday that unfortunately none of the earthquake victims trapped under a rubble in Adiyaman could be rescued in an operation carried out by a team from Armenia, and that only the remains of the victims were recovered.

10:55 PM

Three members of an Armenian family in the city of Malatya were killed by the earthquake and only one survives, Assyrian media Sabro said on Thursday.

While the parents Ayda Tabas and Sami Tabas, and their elder child Alex Tabas died under the rubble, their young child was rescued, treated, and subsequently released from the hospital.


A funeral procession for the three members of the family will be held at 2 PM on Friday at Surp Harutyun Madur in the Armenian Cemetery in Malatya.

10:38 PM

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Thursday that a WHO official said Turkey is "ten times worse than Japan in earthquakes."

During his visit to a hospital in the quake-hit southern city of Kilis, Erdogan said:

"No other disaster in the world is comparable to this one. An official of the World Health organization said, 'They often point to Japan when they are talking about earthquakes, but it is ten times worse in Turkey.'"

10:13 PM

Turkish health Minister updated the fatalities as 17,406, injured as 71,806.

09:26 PM

AFAD said in an update that 17,134 fatalities have been reported so far. 70,347 people have been reported injured. 30,360 survivors have been evacuated from the earthquake zone.

08:35 PM

Around 800 people exposed to the earthquake are suffering from crush syndrome, the president of the Turkish Kidney Foundation said on Thursday. Timur Erk told Turkish media that 10,000 dialysis kits are needed for the treatment of the victims.

Crush syndrome is defined as the systemic manifestations resulting from crush injury, which can result in organ dysfunction.

07:08 PM

The 152-year-old Cathedral of the Annunciation, also known as the Alexandrian Catholic Church, in Turkey's southern city of Iskenderun has been partially destroyed by the earthquake, Turkish news agency DHA reported.

The earthquake on early Monday severely damaged the parts of the church where funeral processions and rite ceremonies are held.

The church was built between 1858 and 1871 by the Order of the Carmelites. After a fire in 1887 it was rebuilt between the years 1888–1901. Currently the ministry in the cathedral is in charge of the Order of Conventual Franciscans.

06:46 PM

Turkish president Erdogan updated the fatalities as 16,546, injured as 66,132


04:54 PM

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 16,170 fatalities in the earthquake have been reported so far and that 64,194 people have been injured.

04:19 PM

Thousands of people who have flooded into the airport in Turkey's earthquake hit Antep to leave the city have been waiting for hours to get into a plane, +Gercek's Cengiz Anil Bolukbas said.


02:23 PM

The number of fatalities rose to 14,351 on the fourth day of two devastating earthquakes.

The number of injured updated as 63,794.

01:24 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the number of people who were killed by the earthquake as 14,014.

Erdogan also updated the number of injured as 63,794.

08:52 AM

AFAD announced the number of people who were killed by the earthquake as 12,873.

The agency updated the number of injured as 62, 937.

08:20 AM

Access to Twitter has been restored in Turkey, Internet monitoring company Netblocks said.

"The restoration comes after authorities held a meeting with Twitter to remind Twitter of its obligations on content takedowns and disinformation," the company tweeted.

03.23 AM

Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD, said the latest death toll in the earthquakes was 12,391. The agency said 62,914 others were injured

06:55 PM

International internet watchdogs confirmed that Twitter has been restricted by several ISPs after authorities expressed concern about disinformation on the Internet, although no official statement was made.

Real-time metrics from NetBlocks, an organization that monitors cybersecurity and Internet governance, show that Twitter was restricted by SNI filtering at major Internet providers TTNet and Turkcell.

06:20 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the number of people who were killed by the earthquake as 9,057.

05:55 PM

NetBlocks confirmed on Wednesday that Twitter has been restricted by several ISPs in Turkey as the country suffers from two major earthquakes that have killed thousands of people.

The incident occurred as authorities expressed concern about disinformation on the Internet, although no official statement was made.

05:30 PM

Turkish police announced that five people who had shared provocative posts on social media were arrested and jailed.

A tweet from the General Directorate of Security Affairs said 202 account managers had been identified and 18 of them were being questioned by police.

03:30 PM

The relief goods coming to Elbistan are welcome, but people in the city have to save their relatives under the ruble, said people who spoke to arti gercek.

Kursat Ozsoy, who asked for help in rescuing his uncle and cousins, said there were cranes but no workers to operate them.

"No one is sending help. Our state is strong, but it is not responding right now. People need to be rescued from the rubble, not relief supplies," he said.

01:50 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the number of people who were killed by the earthquake as 8,574.

During a visit to the quake's epicenter Kahramanmaras, Erdogan updated the number of injured as 49,133.

11:30 AM

AFAD said so far they recorded 7,108 people dead and 40,910 injured.

10:54 AM

AFAD updated the number of fatalities as 6,957 and injured as 38,224.

10:07 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was announced to visit earthquake zone during the day.

09:35 AM

AFAD announced the number of fatalities as 6,234 and updated the number of injured as 37,011.

00:14 AM

Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay updated the fatalities as 5,894, injured as 34,810.

11:13 PM

A Turkish news anchor, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, posted a video showing empty shelves in a retail store in Turkey's southern city of Kilis to draw attention to the situation in earthquake zones. He said:

"It's pretty impossible to find an open store anyway. And when you do find one, this is how it looks."

10:59 PM

The fatalities rose to 2,082 in Syria, 1,062 in regime-held areas, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said late Tuesday.

10:28 PM

Merih Demiral, a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Serie A club Atalanta and Turkey's national team, said that he will put a signed uniform of Cristiano Ronaldo on auction to provide financial support for earthquake victims.

Demiral said on Twitter:

"I've talked to Cristiano a few minutes ago. He said he is very sorry for what happened in Turkey. We are putting his signed uniform in my collection on auction. The entire revenue from the auction will be donated to be spent in the earthquake zone."

09:59 PM

A plane carrying a team of 77 UK search and rescue specialists, equipment and four search dogs has arrived in the city of Antep, UK's Foreign Office said.


09:51 PM

Turkish Minister of health Fahrettin Koca updated the fatalities as 5,434, injured as 31,777.

09:03 PM

The Commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northern Syria expressed his condolences for the families of the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and said they are ready to provide help for post-earthquake efforts.

Mazloum Abdi said:

"We have been informed about the devastating earthquake that struck North Kurdistan and Turkey. We wish swift recovery for the survivors and express our condolences for the families of the lost ones. We are ready to offer help, and send them our best wishes of solidarity in these hard times."

08:47 PM

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has warned of "catastrophic humanitarian needs" in both Turkey and Syria.

“The scale of the disaster is catastrophic. We are still in the first 36 hours of one of the largest earthquakes to hit the region this century. Multiple earthquakes and aftershocks yesterday and today have damaged roads, border crossings, and critical infrastructure, severely hampering aid efforts," IRC official Tanya Evans said.

“With the response in its infancy the need for humanitarian aid is stark. Roads and infrastructure, like bridges, have been damaged meaning it will likely prove challenging to get supplies to those who need it most."


Evans noted that IRC's main priority is "finding safe spaces for our staff to operate from in Gaziantep and across northwest Syria."

08:07 PM

The fire teams of Istanbul's municipal administration launched an operation in the ports of the southern city of Iskenderun to extinguish the fire that has been raging since yesterday.

07:55 PM

AFAD updates the fatalities as 4,544, and the injured as 26,721.

07:53 PM

Turkey refused the offer by the Republic of Cyprus to send a rescue team to help with post-earthquake efforts, according to the Director General of the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kornelios S. Korneliou.

Korneliou also said they were concerned about Cypriots who are in Turkey, specifically about the case of students who have been reportedly trapped in the hotel where they were staying.

"Two Turkish-Cypriots are not answering. The crisis management department continues to try and trace the fate of other Cypriots who are in Turkey but we have no other indication," Korneliou said.

"As far as the volleyball team is concerned, we don't have any updates yet. The occupying regime exclusively handles the issue of people who have moved to Turkey. There are currently 35 missing persons. Four have been found alive."

6:58 PM

AFAD updates the fatalities as 3,703, and the injured as 22,286.

06:40 PM

Ships bound for the earthquake disaster zone in Turkey are being diverted because of severe fire damage to the port in Iskenderun, which lies about 110 km southwest of Antep, close to the epicenter of the earthquake that struck early Monday. The facility in Iskenderun port has been burning since yesterday.


04:35 PM

A reporter for daily Evrensel was detained in Adana over a charge of "violating the privacy of the patients" in Adana City Hospital where he interviewed some of the relatives of the patients. Reporter Volkan Pekal was released after a brief detention.

04.25 PM

A deputy for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who had been trapped under the rubble in the city of Adiyaman after the earthquake, died, AKP deputy Nazim Mavis said.

04:10 PM

Civilian cars except for those carrying goods for earthquake victims will not be allowed to enter or leave the cities of Hatay, Maras and Adiyaman or 48 hours, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay announced.

Turkish Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change said that the two earthquakes had a devastating impact on a total of 13.5 million people. The World Health Organization (WHO) put a combined figure for Turkey and Syria at 23 million.

02:50 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 3,549 people were killed in Turkey's earthquake.

In a live press briefing he held, Erdogan announced the number of injured people as 22,168.

12:40 AM

AFAD updates the number of fatalities as 3,432.

21,103 people are recorded to be injured in the earthquakes, it said.

12:23 AM

Imprisoned Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas published a series of proposals for managing search and rescue efforts related to the earthquake. "85 million have become one heart and are trying to save their brothers by overcoming the clumsiness, incompetence and shame of one-man rule," he said,

11:35 AM

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay has updated the number of fatalities as 3,419 and the number of injured as 20,534.

11:18 AM

Earthquake victims make desperate appeals to authorities as overwhelmed rescue workers struggle to save people trapped under the rubble.

In the city of Antakya near the Syrian border, where 10-story buildings had collapsed onto the streets, journalists saw rescue work being conducted on one out of dozens of piles of rubble.

10:21 AM

Overturned containers continue to burn at the Turkish port of Iskenderun in the Mediterranean province of Hatay, sending a plume of black smoke into the air.

The smoke rising from the fire is visible from many locations in Iskenderun.

09:38 AM

Turkey's earthquake death toll has reached to 3,381, Orhan Tatar, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority's (AFAD) Earthquake Risk Reduction Manager announced.

The number of injured was 20,426 and the number of buildings that confirmed to be collapsed were 5,775, he said.

Stating that a total of 285 aftershocks were recorded, urged all to stay away from damaged buildings.

04:30 AM

AFAD President Yunus Sezer announced that the death toll from earthquakes has risen to 2,921 and 15,834 people have been injured.

He said 65 countries sent assistance and support to Turkey and these would be deployed to the disaster area as soon as they arrive.

11:23 PM

The number of fatalities in Turkey's earthquakes has totalled 2,316 as of 11:23 PM local time.

According to AFAD's Orhan Tatar, the number of injured has reached to 13,293 and the number of collapsed buildings were 6,217.

10:08 PM

Turkey's earthquake death toll has reached to 1,762, Orhan Tatar, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority's (AFAD) Earthquake Risk Reduction Manager announced.

The number of injured was 12,068 and the number of collapsed buildings were 5,606,he said.

08:24 PM

So far 1,651 people have been killed on Monday's earthquakes, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Koca also announced the number of injured as 11,119.

Following Koca’s statements made in a live press briefing, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar who joined the Health Minister said the search and rescue operations carried out on the ground were supported by the air aid corridor created with 17 aircraft belonging to Turkish armed forces.


Turkish Education Minister Mahmut Ozer announced that all schools in Turkey have been declared holiday until Feb.13.

06:30 PM

Vice President Fuat Oktay said the number of fatalities in the earthquakes has risen to 1,541.

Via a live press briefing, Oktay said at least 1,541 people were killed and 9,733 injured. He also updated the number of buildings as 3,471.

05:25 PM

Death toll in Turkey rose to 1,498, the head of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced. At least 8,533 people were also injured.

05:20 PM

The collapse of two buildings in the southeastern city of Urfa and the eastern city of Elazig were recorded on video.

05:05 PM

Ali Kenanoglu, deputy for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), said that the officials of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) have told him that they can reach disaster areas only by helicopter.

He said on Twitter:

"I've spoken to AFAD officials and they confirmed: 'By no means other than helicopters are we able to reach disaster areas,' they said."

04:50 PM

Death toll in Turkey rose to 1121, said the head of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, and a further 7,634 people were injured.

04:08 PM

Death toll in Syria jumps to 783, Agence France-Presse reported. It said: "At least 783 people were killed Monday across Syria in both government-controlled areas and rebel-held areas."

03:45 PM

In a video posted by Turkish news agency DHA, people are seen trying to dig into the rubble to rescue their close ones when an aftershock hits the area and people start running in panic.

03:15 PM

The head of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that 1,014 fatalities have been reported so far.

03:03 PM

The US President Joe Biden said he directed his team to provide all needed assistance in Turkey, following the earthquakes.

Expressing “deep sadness” by the loss of life and devastation caused by the quakes in Turkey which also rocked Syria, Biden said “I have directed my team to continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with Turkiye and provide any and all needed assistance.”

03:00 PM

A resident of the earthquake's epicenter Pazarcik told Duvar: "There is almost no building left in Pazarcik that has not been destroyed. It's difficult to count the buildings that collapsed. I can count the ones that remain intact."

Duvar's video from Maras's Pazarcik district shows the snow covered city in ruins.

Suat Yenipınar, a member of the Human Rights Association (IHD) who has participated in rescue operations in Maras's Elbistan district, said, "People are helpless and they are trying to survive by their own means."

02:45 PM

The airstrip in Hatay's airport was severely damaged after the earthquake and was closed to service.

02:20 PM

371 fatalities in Syria have so far been reported, according to Syrian state agency, while Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) put the figure at 320. SOHR said that many buildings have been destroyed by the earthquake in at least 58 settlement in northwest Syria, adding that Latakia, Hama and Aleppo are the provinces that received the most severe impact.

Rescue operations have been temporarily halted in some areas of Turkey's Malatya province after a second major earthquake hit while operations were carried out, Kisa Dalga reported.

Adana airport has been temporarily closed.

01:58 PM

"A second major earthquake of 7.7 magnitude struck Central Turkey region on Monday," the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, adding that the quake was 67 km north north-east of the province of Maras, at a depth of 2 km.

USGS said the quake struck 4 km south-southeast of the Ekinozu district of Maras, and its magnitude was 7.5.

An official from Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said it was "not an aftershock" and was "independent" from this morning's quake.

01:40 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed “full solidarity with our ally Turkey in the aftermath of this terrible earthquake," adding that "NATO Allies are mobilizing support now.”

420 people have been rescued from under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the city of Malatya, Mezopotamya News Agency reported. 140 buildings in the city were destroyed by the earthquake and 23 fatalities have been reported so far.

01:25 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan updated the casualty figures in the earthquake, telling a press conference at noon that 912 fatalities have so far been reported, with a further 5,385 injured. 2,818 buildings collapsed as a result of the earthquake, Erdogan said.

He added that the earthquake on early Monday was the second most severe one in the last century after the 1939 earthquake in Turkey's eastern province of Erzincan.

01:00 PM

AFAD revised its measurement of the earthquake's magnitude from 7.4 to 7.7.

Istanbul Chief public Prosecutor's Office launched investigation into disinformation on social media, which "deliberately creates panic, fear and anxiety in public," Turkish state news agency AA said.

12:40 AM

The earthquake, centered in the border area between Turkey's southeastern provinces of Antep and Maras, is "the second most severe earthquake in Turkey in the last 100 years, following the 1939 Erzincan earthquake that had a magnitude of 7.9," the director of Earthquake Research Center at Izmir's Dokuz Eylul University said.

Prof. Dr. Hasan Sozbilir added that the earthquake had been predicted by scientists.

12:20 AM

A video showing the collapse of a building in the city of Urfa posted by Mezopotamya News Agency (MA). The voice in video says there were many people inside the collapsing building.

Turkey's Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, located in the southern province of Mersin and currently under construction, was not damaged by the earthquake, an official from the Russian company building the plant told Reuters.

Iskenderun port in southern Turkey has been damaged due to quake, and operations continue in other ports, Turkish Maritime Authority said.

11:55 AM

There is no damage to the Kerkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey, or to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and oil flows are continuing on both after a major earthquake hit Turkey, Reuters said, citing an energy official. However, operations at the Ceyhan oil terminal in southern Turkey were suspended, the Tribeca shipping agency said, adding that an emergency meeting was being held on the issue.

The eastern Mediterranean terminal is some 155 km from the area of the quake's epicenter.

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said that power and natural gas infrastructures have been damaged by the earthquake, and that there may be power shortages in the provinces of Maras, Antep, Hatay and Kilis.

Turkey's General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses said in a statement that there are no casualties in penal institutions in the region impacted by the earthquake.

11:35 AM

Syrian Health Ministry said that the earthquake's death toll has increased to 237, with a further 639 injuries reported, mostly in Latakia, Aleppo, Hama and Tartous provinces.

Turkish state agency AA warned against "organized disinformation" about the earthquake and called on people to follow the statements by officials. "Remain vigilante against social media acconts that seek for propaganda and coverage," AA said.

An eleven-year-old girl was rescued from under the rubble in the Yenisehir district of Diyarbakir.

11:20 AM

While there are some preliminary reports on casualties and the number of buildings destroyed, the casualty figures are "bound to increase" according to the director of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, who has said in a live broadcast that the earthquake is similar in magnitude to the 1999 earthquake in the Marmara region, which left over 17,000 dead.

Prof. Dr. Haluk Ozener warned that aftershocks will continue for a long time, and asked people not to approach or enter the damaged buildings.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that according to preliminary reports at least 284 people were killed and 2,323 were injured in ten provinces. At least 581 buildings were destroyed in Antep, 300 in Maras, 300 in Malatya, 200 in Hatay, 100 in Adiyaman, 83 in Osmaniye, 60 in Urfa. The total number of buildings destroyed by the earthquake is reportedly 1,710.