Türkiye-Syria earthquakes 2023

Temporary tents raised for the 2023 earthquake survivors in Turkiye

On 6 February 2023, two earthquakes struck southern and central Türkiye, and northern and western Syria. The first had a magnitude of Mw 7.8 and the second of Mw 7.7.

In Türkiye, there were at least 31,974 deaths (as of 14 February 2023) and 80,278 injured across the ten most affected provinces. At least 13.5 million people and 4 million buildings have been affected. The Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change conducted damage inspections for 763,000 buildings; at least 41,791 buildings in 10 Turkish provinces were heavily damaged or destroyed, leaving about 150,000 people homeless.

The economic losses are likely to surpass $20bn, according to Verisk (FT, 14 February 2023).

In Syria, at least 5,714 people were killed, and over 14,500 were injured (as of 13 February 2023). It was estimated that up to 5.37 million people across Syria might have been made homeless, while a total of 10.9 million people, nearly half of the country's population, were affected.

Rebuilding after the disaster in Turkey and Syria will take years and cost billions. Following the example set by other earthquake-prone regions, can they recover and become more resilient?
Deutsche Welle
When intervals between large earthquakes are long, as is the case with many of Earth’s most dangerous faults, people often become increasingly unaware of the hazard and thus increasingly unprepared.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
The destruction in Turkey and Syria shows the urgent need to invest in emergency preparedness across the region.
Middle East Eye
This policy brief issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) urges for swift and united action to address the protracted crisis as a result of the 6 February 2023 earthquakes.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
When an earthquake strikes, the priority for rescue teams is to save lives. But there is also the need to preserve historical heritage. And the way in which ancient buildings survive can also provide many lessons as authorities look to rebuild.
Issue Nr 19 entitled "The 6 February 2023 #Turkey-Syria Earthquakes" is the outcome of a fruitful collaboration and knowledge sharing between geologists, civil engineers, geographers interested in mapping and monitoring the 6 February 2023 earthquakes
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Azerbaijani soldiers take part in search and rescue efforts after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Kahramanmaras, Turkiye on February 10, 2023.
An everyday quirk of physics could be an important missing piece in scientists’ efforts to predict the world’s most powerful earthquakes. Researchers discovered that a frictional phenomenon could be key to understanding when and how violently faults move.
The University of Texas at Austin
For miles around the small Turkish city of Erzin, the earth is shattered and buildings are razed, towns and cities turned into tombs of concrete by last week’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. But Erzin still stands. Why?
New York Times, the
Building in earthquake resilience adds maybe 20% to to costs of a construction project, so the temptation to ignore the regulations is obvious. The government not only failed to enforce its own building codes, but also encouraged non-compliance.
Conversation Media Group, the
Türkiye and the surrounding regions are seismically active due to earthquakes that occur on faults that form the boundaries between four tectonic plates.
Risk Frontiers Holdings Pty Ltd