Turkey Huge earthquake toppled buildings in Turkey and Syria as people slept
The earthquake was powerful enough to be felt as far away as Cyprus, Lebanon and Israel.”
I was writing something and just all of a sudden the entire building started shaking and yes I didn’t really know what to feel,” Mohamad El Chamaa, a student in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, told the BBC.”
I was right next to the window so I was just scared that they might shatter.
It went on for four-five minutes and it was pretty horrific. It was mind-blowing,” he said.
Rushdi Abualouf, a BBC producer in the Gaza Strip, said there was about 45 seconds of shaking in the house he was staying in.
Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones.In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed after a powerful tremor rocked the north-west of the country.
The Turkish Red Crescent has called for citizens to make blood donations, and the organisation’s president, Kerem Kınık, said on Twitter that additional blood and medical products were being sent to the affected region.
Following an international appeal for help, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 45 countries had offered support.
The European Union is sending search and rescue teams to Turkey, while rescuers from the Netherlands and Romania are already on their way.
The UK has said it will send 76 search and rescue specialists, equipment and rescue dogs to Turkey.France, Germany, Israel, and the United States have also pledged to help.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered help to both Turkey and Syria, as has Iran.
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