A mission team of the German aid organization @fire sets off from Frankfurt airport on Monday evening for the Turkish earthquake region. The first task will be to explore and assist in the coordination of international assistance. The team is currently preparing at Frankfurt Airport for the departure, which is scheduled for this evening.
The relief organization is a member of the United Nations “International Search and Rescue Advisory Group” (INSARAG) and was classified as the world’s first Light USAR Team in 2021.
In the southeast of Turkey, several severe earthquakes occurred in quick succession during the night. Initial television images show that numerous buildings have been destroyed. There are also many victims and severe damage in Syria. Officially, the authorities of both countries speak of more than 1800 victims so far.
The U.S. Seismological Survey (USGS) gave magnitudes of 6.7 and 7.8 for the two quakes. According to the report, they occurred around 4:17 a.m. (local time/2:17 p.m. CET) and 4:28 a.m. (local time/2:28 p.m. CET) at a depth of about 17.9 kilometers. According to the report, the epicenter in both cases was near the city of Gaziantep, not far from the border with Syria. On Monday afternoon there was a new quake in southeastern Turkey.
@fire - Internationaler Katastrophenschutz Deutschland e. V. is a non-profit civil protection organization that has been providing rapid emergency aid worldwide following devastating natural disasters since 2002. Responders are specially trained in wildland firefighting (WFF) and search and rescue of buried victims after earthquakes (USAR). All of the more than 400 members are involved in national and international disaster relief on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The civil protection organization was classified as the world’s first Light USAR Team by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) in 2021 and operates according to international standards. Funding for operations, training, and equipment is primarily donor-funded.
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