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Turkey Syria quakes: Death toll crosses 45,000

Humanitarian assistance is pouring in from across the world into Turkey and Syria as two powerful earthquakes killed more than 45,000 in the two countries.

On the disaster’s13th day, the death toll in Turkey rose to 39,672, making it the deadliest disaster in the country in 100 years.

The toll in Syria has reached 5,814, taking the combined death toll in both countries to nearly 45,486.

Meanwhile, Reuters news agency has documented how the ground in Turkey and northern Syria was cracked open and dragged in different directions after the huge 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6 and its aftershocks.

Land on either side of the ruptures moved in opposite directions, settling up to 7 metres (23 ft) from its starting point in some locations, Reuters reports, citing data provided by Chris Milliner of the California Institute of Technology.

The main quake had a long rupture with displacements of up to 7 metres (23 ft). The shorter rupture from the 7.5-magnitude aftershock saw land displaced up to 5 metres (16 ft) in places, according to Reuters.

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