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10-yo Turkish boy found, rescued breathing under rubble after 4 days of disastrous earthquake. [Video]

Emergency workers in southern Turkey have rescued a 10-year-old boy from a collapsed house, four days after an earthquake caused devastation across large parts of the country’s border with Syria.

The boy had been trapped under the rubble in the town of Kahramanmaraş for more than 100 hours.

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The Israel Defence Force (IDF), which has been assisting with the rescue work, tweeted on Friday.

“The rescue teams provided the boy with lifesaving medical treatment during the rescue and afterwards transferred him to a hospital for further medical treatment,’’ the IDF said.

Israel sent more than 380 aid workers to Turkey in recent days as part of a relief operation, including doctors,
nurses and paramedics.

On Friday morning, the Israeli military started operating a field hospital in Kahramanmaraş


Earthquake in northwestern Iran kills three, 800 injured.

At least three people were killed and 800 more injured on Saturday when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Iran near the border with Türkiye, state officials and media said Sunday.

Panicked residents fled their homes as buildings collapsed and rubble crushed cars, with hundreds seeking shelter from freezing winter conditions in evacuation centers as more than 20 aftershocks rattled the region.

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The shallow quake hit the city of Khoy, with a population of around 200,000, in West Azerbaijan province at 9:44 p.m. (6:14 p.m. GMT) Saturday, said the Seismological Center of the University of Tehran.

“This incident has left 816 injured and three dead,” West Azerbaijan Gov. Mohammad Sadegh Motamedian was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

People were seen wrapped in blankets and huddling around fires in the snow-dusted region, in images published by Iranian media, as state TV broadcast footage of major damage to residential buildings, including half-destroyed houses.

Buildings in 70 villages suffered quake damage, the state news agency reported, with rescuers clearing rubble to free those trapped in the area around 800 kilometers (500 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran.

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Iran’s Red Crescent Society chief, Pirhossein Koolivand, later announced the search and rescue operations had finished, with no more survivors or bodies believed trapped.

Iran’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, traveled to Khoy to observe the situation, where he said water, power and gas connections were impacted but being restored, IRNA reported.

Meanwhile, Türkiye Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said no damage or casualties have been reported in Van province, which borders Iran.

Relevant AFAD teams were still carrying out fieldwork to determine damage in the area, AFAD president Yunus Sezer said on Twitter.

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History of major quakes
Iran sits astride the boundaries of several major tectonic plates and experiences frequent seismic activity.

On Jan. 18, a previous, 5.8-magnitude quake near Khoy left hundreds injured.

In February 2020, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the western Türkiye village of Habash-e Olya and killed at least nine people.

Iran’s deadliest recorded quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor in 1990 that killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless in the country’s north.

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In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake in southeastern Iran leveled the ancient mud-brick city of Bam and killed at least 31,000 people.

In November 2017, a 7.3-magnitude quake in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah killed 620 people.

And in December 2019 and January 2020, two earthquakes struck near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors have raised concerns about the reliability of the country’s sole nuclear power facility and the risk of radioactive leaks in case of a major earthquake

Earthquake 6.0 shakes Türkiye’s Düzce, frightens whole region.


Amagnitude 6.0 earthquake shook Türkiye’s Düzce which was felt throughout the region including in Istanbul, in the middle of the night on Wednesday, waking and frightening residents less than 10 days after the country held nationwide earthquake drills to mark 23rd anniversary of the tragic 1999 earthquake of Düzce which had lasted for 30 seconds and killed 710 people.

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The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) tweeted on its official account that the magnitude 5.9 earthquake’s epicenter was located in Düzce’s Gölyaka district and struck at 4:08 a.m., while the magnitude was later revised to 6.0 by the Istanbul-based Boğaziçi University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute.




Düzce Mayor Faruk Özlü confirmed that there were no reported deaths, and that the earthquake caused a power outage in the province. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu also confirmed that there were no casualties reported as he extended his well wishes to those affected. He noted that emergency services were on alert and that teams were continuing to survey the affected region.

For most locals it was a scary moment that reminded them of past disasters. On Nov. 12, 1999, Düzce was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that lasted 30 seconds, killing 710 people and injuring 2,679.

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Düzce earthquake came after the Aug. 17, 1999 earthquake that hit Türkiye’s northwestern city of Izmit, and killed 18,373 people and injured 23,781 with its 7.6 magnitude tremor, according to official figures from AFAD.


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Earthquake in Greece’s islands ..

A strong earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale shook Greece’s Dodecanese islands group on Thursday, according to the Athens Observatory’s Geodynamic Institute. No injuries or extensive material damages have been reported by local authorities.

The quake’s epicenter was located in the sea area about 140 kilometers southeast of Rhodes and 55 kilometers southeast of Karpathos islands at a depth of about 20 kilometers, according to Greek scientists.

Greek seismologists revised downwards preliminary estimates of 5.8 on the Richter scale given earlier by the German Research Center of Geosciences GFZ and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).

It is the third tremor of magnitude over 5 Richter recorded in the same area since Tuesday. In all cases, there were no injuries or major damage


Earthquakes hit Amatignak Island..

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that multiple earthquakes hit Amatignak Island, Alaska early Sunday morning.

According to the reports, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake occurred 65 km southwest of the island at 0631 GMT, while another of 6.1 magnitude hit 57 km west of the island almost simultaneously.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Few minutes later, two more quakes shook the island, with one measuring 5.1 magnitude taking place 78 km southwest of the island and another 5.3-magnitude quake happening 54 km west


Minor Earth ‘Tremor’ In Abuja following Pst. Adeboye’s prophecy

The Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) on Monday confirmed that there was a minor earth tremor in Bwari Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mr Imam Kaka, a Deputy Director in the agency and head of Geophysics Department confirmed on Monday in Abuja.

Recall Pastor E.A Adeboye’s prophecy at the beginning of the year saying ‘There will be so many Earthquake this year in different places’ this should be a sign, NobleReporters reported

Kaka said officials of the agency had visited Bwari to evaluate the situation, adding that though there was a vibration in the area, there was no visible crack.


There will be earth quake in different places this year – Pastor Adeboye prophesy

He urged residents of the area not to panic.

“We found out that there was a little tremor recorded by our equipment dated January 12, 2020 and it occurred around 5.20 p.m.

“On that basis, we mobilised and went to the locality in Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

“Certainly, the people in the area were agitated, but the tremor was mailed, it did not affect their structures, we were able to look at the geology of the structure.

“We will look at the geology of the structure with other geologists to see what really happened geologically,” he said.

Kaka said that officials of the agency were able to calm residents of the area, telling them that it was usual to feel a small tremor.

He said such minor tremors were not considered serious in areas where earthquakes were rampant.

The agency had on Saturday, dismissed media reports from an unidentified Professor from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, that there was earth tremor in Abaji and Gwagwalada areas of the FCT.

Kaka had said that the agency’s equipment had not recorded any such occurrence.

“We have a station in the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada, and the officer in charge who heads the University’s Physics Department said there was no such record.

“We even questioned people around Abaji and Gwagwalada and there was no report of such, unlike before when we will receive calls from people when such thing happened,” he said.

He explained that for a tremor to be recorded, it must be captured in at least three of the agency’s Earthquake Monitoring Centres which he said works round the clock.

According to the director, the agency has equipment that notifies it whenever there is a deep vibration anywhere in the country.

He explained that once such vibration was over and above the established threshold, it was recorded by the equipment and actions were taken if it was significant.

Kaka said it was only when a tremor was captured in at least three of the agency’s well-spaced centres that it would be precisely said that tremor had occurred.

He noted that the agency had such centres at its headquarters in Utako area of the FCT, in the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada, Bwari and another in Keffi, Nasarawa State.