ADANA, Turkey/DAMASCUS — The most powerful earthquake in nearly a century struck Turkey and Syria yesterday, killing nearly 1,800 people in their sleep, levelling buildings and causing tremors felt as far away as Greenland. The European Union has mobilised search and rescue teams for Turkey after the stricken country requested EU assistance. Ten urban search and rescue teams from various member states will support first responders on the ground, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and EU crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic said. France’s President Emmanuel Macron said France stood ready to provide emergency aid to Turkey and Syria. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Britain was sending 76 search-and-rescue specialists to Turkey, a minister added.
Mar 21 2023