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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