Huge earthquake devastates Turkey, Syria

On Monday, February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing more than 40,000 people (as of 2/15) and injuring thousands more within seconds.  

Living in California, an area known to have earthquakes more than other natural disasters, people may ask themselves what is the probability that California can have one too just like Turkey? It’s important to be prepared. This can begin at school, with students practicing and paying attention during drills. 

“When you know what to do and something like that happens you naturally know what to do, so the practice is important because we want to make sure that people are ready when something happens like that,” Mr. Tang, assistant principal, said.  

As a community in the aftermath of these situations, people can help by donating or volunteering time and resources (AKUT- volunteering to search, assist, and rescue victims).  

The Turkish Red Crescent sent out teams with food and essential aid items to support those injured and evacuated. They are also sending all of its national blood stock to the affected regions, and calling on people across Turkey to donate blood. 



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