ANKARA (AA) – Türkiye has experienced the “biggest disaster” in the last century after the 1939 Erzincan earthquake, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a strong earthquake hit southern provinces on Monday morning.
“Tonight at 04:17, we were shaken by the biggest disaster since the 1939 Erzincan earthquake that we underwent in the last century,” Erdogan said in the capital Ankara.
Erdogan’s remarks came after a 7.7 magnitude quake struck at 4:17 a.m. and was centered in the Pazarcik district of southern Kahramanmaras province.
Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis provinces were heavily affected by the quake.
“Our state has taken action with all its institutions since the earthquake. All resources have been mobilized,” the president said.
He called on the nation to be “one heart,” saying: “I hope we will leave these disastrous days behind in unity and solidarity as a country and nation.”