Turkey earthquakes one year on: the devastation has exposed deep societal scars and women are bearing the brunt

Thu, 7 Mar 2024 11:44:27 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"In the early hours of February 6 2023, the south-eastern region of Turkey was
rocked by a series of powerful earthquakes. One year on, large parts of Hatay,
the worst-affected province, remain in ruins. In a vlog from Hatay on January
24, journalist Cüneyt Özdemir remarked: “The city is like a construction site
mostly under rubble.”

The first earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck near the
border with Syria, killing at least 1,500 people as they slept. This was
followed by a 7.5-magnitude quake nine hours later, located around 59 miles
(95km) to the south-west. Hatay, already in ruins, was shaken again by a
6.4-magnitude tremor two weeks later.

The disaster resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 people while injuring a
further 107,000. A total of 9 million people have been affected, including 1.7
million refugees who had fled the civil war in Syria.

One year on, the region’s economy and society remain shaken. The devastation
has exposed deep societal scars, and the task of rebuilding is still immense."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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