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Turkey asks NATO for emergency aid after earthquakes

Turkey has sent a formal request to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its allies for assistance in dealing with the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake.

The country has requested medical assistance and equipment, several urban search and rescue units, as well as “fully equipped field hospitals that are resistant to extreme weather, with technical personnel for the assembly”.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Turkey early on Monday, and was followed by more than 120 aftershocks, including a 7.5 earthquake in the country’s southeast. More than 2,300 people have died in Turkey and Syria.

The response is being coordinated by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center, based at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The quake was one of the strongest to hit the region in a century and jolted residents out of their beds around 4am on Monday morning, with tremors reaching as far as Lebanon and Israel.

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude quake was 23 km east of Nurdagi in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, at a depth of 24.1 km, the US Geological Survey said.

What is known about the strong tremor.

Strong aftershocks are likely to continue in the hours and even days after an earthquake as strong as this one, according to meteorologists from the CNN.

Source: CNN Brasil

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