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Türkiye quakes not just one of country's largest but also world's, says seismologist

The recent earthquakes that rocked southern Türkiye earlier this week were not just the largest in the country, but also among of the largest in the world, an expert said.

Speaking to Anadolu, seismologist Harold Tobin said the two earthquakes centered in the province of Kahramanmaras were "really very large," not only some of the largest in Türkiye, but also "on a global scale, some of the largest earthquakes in populated regions that we've seen, even in the past century or longer."

Tobin, who is the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, said he lived in Türkiye for five years as a child but did not start working on the country until after he became a seismologist.

More than 14,350 people have been killed and over 63,794 injured after two strong earthquakes jolted southern Türkiye on Monday, according to latest official figures.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, have impacted some 13 million people across 10 Turkish provinces.

In neighboring Syria, the death toll has climbed to at least 3,150, with more than 5,200 people wounded.


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