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TURKEY and Syria were hit by a huge earthquake on February 6, 2023 that has left thousands dead.

The disaster has left potentially millions without homes and in need of support. Here's some information about what happened and how you can help.

How can I donate to Turkey after the earthquake?

We launched The Sun Earthquake Appeal on February 6, 2023 in response to the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

All money raised will be donated to the British Red Cross for a major on-the-ground mobilisation.

Red Crescent staff are already distributing essentials such as food, water, blankets and temporary shelters to support survivors who spent the night outside in freezing temperatures.

Support is also being provided for traumatised people.


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To donate, visit redcross.org.uk/sunaid.

What happened in Turkey?

In the early hours of February 6, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit near the town of Gaziantep, and was followed by numerous aftershocks.

It hit around 150 miles away from the Turkey-Syria border, with devastation on both sides.

Hours later, a 7.5 magnitude quake hit more than 60 miles away. Scores of violent aftershocks followed both quakes and continued into Tuesday.

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Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the earthquake, and death toll is expected to keep rising.

It is already one of the deadliest earthquakes this century.

What caused the earthquake in Turkey?

The 7.8 quake was triggered by two faults moving laterally against each other, or a strike slip. 

A tremor of 2.5 or less usually cannot be felt, but can be detected by instruments.

Quakes of up to five are felt and cause minor damage.

The Turkish earthquake at 7.8 is classified as major and usually causes serious damage, as it has in this instance.

An earthquakes is the result of sudden movement along a fault – a crack -within the Earth's crust.

The movement releases stored-up energy in the form of seismic waves, which spread through the Earth and cause the ground surface to shake, according to the British Geological Survey.

In this case it was the Arabian plate moving northwards and grinding against the Anatolian plate.

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