Huge Turkish earthquake was felt as far away as GREENLAND

Huge Turkish earthquake was felt as far away as GREENLAND

  • The shaking reached the east coast of Greenland after just eight minutes 
  • Tremors from the earthquakes that wrought devastation travelled 4,000 miles 

Tremors from the earthquake that wrought devastation across Turkey and neighbouring Syria today were felt as far away as Greenland. 

Shaking from the two devastating earthquakes could be felt as far as 4,000 miles away as the shaking reached the east coast. 

The tremors started just eight minutes after the earthquake in Turkey and could be felt right across Greenland which is more than three times the U.S. state of Texas.

Seismologist Tine Larsen said: ‘The large earthquakes in Turkey were clearly registered on the seismographs in Denmark and Greenland.

‘The waves from the earthquake reached the seismograph on the Danish island of Bornholm approximately five minutes after the shaking started.

‘Eight minutes after the earthquake, the shaking reached the east coast of Greenland, propagating further through all of Greenland.’

Turkey has been hit by two devastating earthquakes hours apart, killing more than 1,700 people and injuring thousands more, while tremours could be felt 4,000 miles away in

The distance from Greenland to Turkey is around 3,760 miles- it extends about 1,660 miles from north to south and more than 650 miles from east to west at its widest point.

The first 7.8-magnitude quake struck at 04.17am at a depth of about 11 miles near the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which is home to around two million people, the US Geological Survey said.

1,600 people have so far been reported dead from the earthquake bringing down ancient fortresses and reinforced buildings.

Later, another 7.5-magnitude quake struck southeastern Turkey around 60 miles north of the first quake.

While it was a slightly smaller one, it wiped out entire sections of major Turkish cities in a region filled with millions of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and other conflicts.

‘We have registered both earthquakes – and a lot of aftershocks – in Denmark and Greenland’ Tine added. 

Monday’s quake is the deadliest in Turkey since a 7.4-magnitude one in 1999 when more than 17,000 people died, including about 1,000 in Istanbul.

Hundreds are still trapped under rubble on both sides of the border as a result of the first, and the toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue to search through mounds of wreckage for families crushed in their sleep.

Pictured: The Turkish city of Hatay is seen after Monday morning’s quake levelled buildings across the region

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