Researcher predicted devastating earthquake in Turkey, Syria three days in advance

Did anyone know about Monday’s earthquake that killed over 600 people in Turkey and Syria? Yes, if Twitter is to be believed. Frank Hoogerbeits, a researcher at the Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS) who studies seismic activity, predicted three days ago that “sooner or later a magnitude 7.5 earthquake will hit the region around south-central Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.”

Huggerbeats has been tweeting at Templar since his prediction came true. They say that this can cause strong tremors. “This is the strongest aftershock ever recorded. Aftershocks will continue in the region for some time, mostly magnitude 4-5, but stronger tremors are possible,” he tweeted.

PMO says rescue teams and relief material will be sent to quake-hit Turkey

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that killed over 600 people in Turkey and Syria, India has decided to send search and rescue teams with medical aid and relief material.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the loss of lives in Turkey and offered all possible assistance to the quake-hit country.

The decision to send the aid amount was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Dr. PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, in the South Block PMO.

The PMO said in a press release that two teams of NDRF comprising specially trained dog squads and 100 personnel with necessary equipment are ready to go to the quake-hit area for search and rescue operations.

Medical teams are also being prepared with trained doctors and paramedics with essential medicines.

“The relief material will be sent in coordination with the Turkish government and the Indian Embassy in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul,” the PMO said.

More than 600 people were killed and thousands injured after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, collapsing buildings and a search for survivors in the rubble.

The earthquake, which occurred in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

Following the deadly earthquake, Turkish officials declared a “Level 4 alarm” calling for international assistance.