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Turkiye Earthquake Causes Chaos

February 7, 2023 • 2:43 pm CST
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The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkiye announced a large 7.8 earthquake that occurred on February 6, 2023, in the southeast region, near Gaziantep, affecting several provinces and the broader Central Mediterranean region.

Large aftershocks continue and are likely through the coming days.

U.S. Citizens should avoid traveling to areas affected by the earthquake, and if already there, we advise not to enter damaged buildings until Turkish authorities deem them safe.

The U.S. government is deferring all non-essential travel to U.S. Consulate Adana’s district – Adana, Adiyaman, Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malayta, Mardin, Mersin, Mus, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli, and Van.

Please note that there are reports of extensive damage to infrastructure including roads in these provinces.

U.S. Citizens in Türkiye in need of immediate, emergency assistance should call Turkish authorities using the phone number 112.

All other inquiries regarding U.S. citizens impacted by the earthquake should be directed to U.S. Embassy in Ankara at [email protected].

Note: This is a developing tragedy, with news updates are required.