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Stark before and after pictures highlight scale of devastation from 7.8-magnitude tremor in Turkey

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How quake catastrophe has levelled Turkey’s buildings… including its Great Earthquake Mosque: Astonishing before and after pictures highlight scale of devastation from 7.8-magnitude tremor

Before and after images show the catastrophic effects of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit parts of Turkey and Syria today.

More than 1,700 people have so far been reported dead from the earthquake which rocked eastern Anatolia overnight, bringing down ancient fortresses and reinforced buildings.

This includes the Haji Yusuf ‘Great Earthquake’ Mosque in the city of Malatya, which was damaged by earthquakes and reopened on three occasions before suffering damage to its walls today.

Pictures also highlight the damage to Gaziantep Castle, first built in the second and third century by the Hittite Empire, which arrived in Anatolia in the Bronze Age.

The castle saw nearly two millennia of use as a Roman castle, Ottoman fortress and most recently as a museum, before it was damaged and collapsed in the earthquake this morning.

At least 2,818 buildings collapsed as a result of Monday’s quake, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. 

Apartment blocks home to hundreds of people were pictured levelled, surrounded by debris, as search and rescue teams worked through the morning to pull out trapped residents. 

Tremors were felt in nearby Lebanon and Cyprus, and as far south as Egypt. 

News later broke of a second earthquake, which hit at 1:24pm (10:24 GMT), 60 miles north of the first.  

The historical Yeni Mosque in Malatya City pictured before the earthquake
The historical Yeni Mosque after the earthquake on 6 February, having suffered much damage to its walls and domes.

The historical Yeni Mosque in the large eastern city of Malatya, Turkey, which has been a human settlement for thousands of years (L) and then pictured covered in snow with damage to its domes after the earthquake on 6 February 2023 (R) 

Landscape of Gaziantep Castle in Gaziantep City of Turkey
A view of damaged historical Gaziantep Castle after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern provinces of Turkiye, in Gaziantep, Turkiye on February 6, 2023

The Hittite castle of Gaziantep, built in the 2nd century and used by the Romans, Byzantines and Turkic peoples as a fortress for nearly two millennia, pictured standing (L) and with large damage to its outer walls after the earthquake today (R) 

A building in Gaziantep in October 2022
The same building destroyed on 6 February 2023

A multistorey residential building in the Turkish city of Gaziantep is photographed in October 2022 (L) and then levelled after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit overnight, today (R)

The Latin church near Hatay pictured before the earthquake
Roman Catholic Church at Iskenderun pictured damaged after the earthquake on 6 February

The Latin church in Iskenderun, the historical city of Alexandretta, in Hatay pictured standing (L) and severely damaged by the quake which shook the region overnight on 6 February (R)

Gaziantep apartments standing in 2020
Search and rescue efforts in Gaziantep on 6 February 2023

Tall apartment buildings standing in the city of Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, in 2020 (L) and then surrounded by debris and cleanup crews, with cars under the rubble today (R)

Residential buildings in Cukurova district of Adana, April 2021
Destroyed buildings during a search and rescue mission today in Adana

Images show residential buildings in Cukurova district of Adana (L) in April 2021 and a search and rescue mission in the debris of one of the buildings on 6 February 2022 (R)

Image shows a hotel and several residential apartment blocks in İskenderun on a sunny November day last year
Only a hotel and a residential block stand after the earthquake overnight in İskenderun

The Ontur hotel and residential buildings in İskenderun pictured on a sunny November day last year (L) and then the central buildings levelled, except the hotel, after the earthquake (R)

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