TESTIMONY. Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: “I couldn’t walk, the walls started to crack”, says a resident

Ahmet Adjart lives in Diyaerbakir, a large city in the south-east of the country. This pensioner was a direct witness of the terrible earthquake of this Monday January 6 of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale. “It was very strong, explains shocked Ahmet Ajdart. I have experienced a number of earthquakes but this time it is very strong.”

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The epicenter is located in the district of Pazarcik, in the south-east of Turkey, about 60 km as the crow flies from the Syrian border. “I ran down a hallway to take cover, explains the retiree. But I couldn’t walk, I almost fell. The walls started to creak, the joints in the bathroom cracked.”

A call for help from the international community

In Turkey and Syria, many buildings have collapsed like houses of cards. “It lasted more than 30 seconds, notes Ahmet Adjart. We still feel new aftershocks, but it’s much weaker now.” SAccording to the government disaster management agency, cfifty replicas were recorded in Turkey.

This earthquake was felt throughout the south-east of the country, was also seen in Lebanon and Cyprus. Turkey has appealed for international help. On the spot, the inhabitants organize themselves to take out the possible survivors of the rubble. “People are calling for help. There are already calls on social networks giving addresses of destroyed buildings in specific places.”

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