BIRTH PANGS: More than 749 earthquakes have struck Dardanelles, Turkey since Feb 6th

At least 749 earthquakes have hit the Marmara province of Çanakkale since Feb. 6, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has stated. The first wave of the earthquakes was recorded on Feb. 6 at 6:51 a.m. in the province’s Ayvacık district with a 5.3-magnitude temblor. That was followed by another one with the same magnitude at 13.58 p.m. on the same day,

and the latest major quake occurred in Ayvacık on Feb. 12 with the same magnitude, according to AFAD. A number of buildings in the region were damaged and many locals settled in tent cities set up near the village of Yukarıköy, which was severely damaged by the quakes. AFAD and the Turkish Red Crescent are currently setting up a container city for victims in the area. READ MORE