Turkey is in one of the world's most active earthquake zones. Istanbul: The most powerful earthquake to strike Turkey and Syria in nearly a century killed over 2,300 people on Monday, sparked frantic rescues and was felt as far away as Greenland.
The head of Syria's National Earthquake Centre, Raed Ahmed, called it "the biggest earthquake recorded in the history of the centre".
The United States, the European Union and Russia all immediately sent condolences and offers of help.
An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck southern Turkey early on Feb. 6, tremors of which were felt in several neighbouring countries as well.
turkey earthquake 2023 worst since 1939 Erzincan disaster