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Top stories: Earthquake in Turkey and Syria + News wrap 2/7/23 + Student video

February 7, 2023


UPDATE: Watch this story from Feb. 9, 2023, Rescue operations continue in Turkey, Syria as hope of finding earthquake survivors fades, for the most recent update.

Summary of video above: Swaths of southern Turkey and northern Syria are in ruins after a powerful earthquake ripped through the region. At least 3,400 are dead, more than 13,000 more injured and tens of thousands are homeless. The pre-dawn quake hit with a 7.8 magnitude and shook buildings as far away as Israel.

TIMECODE: Stop the video at 3m:44s for the sake of time.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

News wrap alternative: Check out the latest segments from the NewsHour, and choose the story you’re most interested in watching! You can make a Google doc copy of our Five Facts and discussion questions that work for any of the stories here.

Five Facts

  • Who were individuals and groups discussed in the story?
  • What has happened in the aftermath of the earthquake?
  • Where and when did the earthquake hit? What part of the world are these countries located in?
  • Why was the earthquake so devastating and cause such loss of life?
  • How did governments and people around the world respond?

Focus Questions

What can be done to mitigate (lessen) the damage of earthquakes?

Media literacy: Why do you think it was important to hear testimonial from Osama Abdel Hamid, one of the earthquake survivors?

For More

What students can do: Skim the article below to learn about different organizations helping people in Turkey and Syria. Choose one organization to look up in more detail.

  1. Who founded it?
  2. Why was it started?
  3. What are some areas of emergency management the organization has worked in?


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