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Death Toll Continues to Rise in Turkey and Syria from Massive Earthquake

On February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria. The quake has already claimed over 37,000 lives and represents Turkeys deadliest earthquake in modern history. With the chances of finding survivors waning a week after the sixth most deadly natural disaster this century, and temperatures falling, it is expected the death toll will continue to rise sharply. While rescuers have had some success locating victims it increasingly appears that search operations will cease, and the humanitarian phase will begin of providing the necessities such as food, shelter, and schooling. 

What happened in Turkey and Syria?

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Writing: What are the ramifications of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria?

Debate: What factors have contributed to such a high death toll concerning the earthquake in Turkey and Syria?

Poll: Should the international community provide more assistance to the Syrian regime in the aftermath of the earthquake?

Short Answer: What actions can be taken to reduce the impact of future earthquakes in Turkey and Syria?

News Quiz


A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria. (T/F)

Turkish authorities have been praised for their response to the earthquake. (T/F)

Millions are homeless in Turkey and Syria due to the quake. (T/F)

Multiple Choice

Why do experts believe so many buildings have collapsed in Turkey?

  1. Building codes not enforced.
  2. Buildings were built over fault lines.
  3. Cheap construction materials.
  4. Lack of building inspectors.

Western countries view which President as the catalyst for the Syrian civil war?

  1. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  2. Bashar al-Assad.
  3. Barack Obama.
  4. Vladimir Putin.

All the following are true concerning the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria EXCEPT.

  1. More than 37,000 people have died.
  2. It is the deadliest earthquake in Turkeys modern history.
  3. More than 60,000 buildings collapsed in Turkey.
  4. It is the sixth most deadly natural disaster this century.

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