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The destructive power of the earthquake disaster in Turkey is equivalent to 500 nuclear bombs

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A large housing complex was flattened by an earthquake in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey. Photo: AP

With the power of hundreds of nuclear bombs, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6, respectively, shook Turkey on February 6, killing tens of thousands of people and causing air damage. tell this country.

Sputnik quoted Orhan Tatar, General Director of Earthquake Risk Reduction at the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), as saying the strength of the earthquake that devastated the country earlier this week. through the equivalent of hundreds of nuclear bombs.

Speaking to reporters on February 11, Tatar admitted that the severity of the disaster had exceeded the expectations of him and his colleagues.

He emphasized that with the first quake lasting about 65 seconds and the second quake lasting 45 seconds, the energy released by them was equivalent to 500 nuclear bombs.

The first magnitude 7.7 quake occurred on the morning of February 6, and was followed by another 7.6 magnitude quake later that day.

These earthquakes, accompanied by several aftershocks, have killed more than 20,000 people in Turkey alone, destroying countless buildings.

The disaster also affected neighboring Syria, where some 300,000 people were left homeless.

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