UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gaziantep Castle suffers heavy damage in Turkey earthquake


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 6, ARTSAKHPRESS. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Gaziantep Castle in Turkey’s Gaziantep suffered heavy damage in the 7,4-magnitude earthquake, TASS reported.

According to Yeni Safak newspaper, the damages are yet to be estimated. The quake partly destroyed the castle’s walls.

The earthquake’s epicenter was 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

In Turkey, at least 284 people were killed and more than 2,300 injured, according to Vice President Fuat Oktay. In neighboring Syria, at least 237 people died and more than 630 were injured, Syrian state news agency SANA reported citing a Ministry of Health official.

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