Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake at a depth of two km (1.2 miles) struck the Turkey-Syria border region today, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.
Today’s report came hours after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Turkey that Washington would help ‘for as long as it takes’ after three devastating, deadly earthquakes in the same region two weeks ago.
Two weeks on from the last earthquake, humanitarian supplies in Syria are dwindling and the devastation felt still weighs heavily. Equally alarming, the threat of explosive remnants of war (ERW), from 12 years of war and continued bombings in the north-west region, looms over humanitarian workers and a population pushed to its limits.
Syria is heavily contaminated with landmines, ERW, and improvised explosives that litter every part of the country, particularly in the northwest, where the earthquake was heavily felt.
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February triggered a significant amount of unexploded ordnance and in that sense decreased the total potential threat from ERW in the region.
However, the earthquakes also likely displaced some of the landmines and ERW, particularly in the rubble in which rescue teams are working and which local people continue to dig through with their bare hands.
“…it is extremely likely that much of the explosive ordnance that litter the buildings, streets and waterways has been moved. The damage to critical infrastructure, including urban gas, electricity, and water systems, is still being assessed but we already can see that the collapse of Al Taloul Dam in the northern countryside of Idleb, combined with the rising water levels of the Orontes River, has resulted in the flooding of some villages. The rising water could potentially cause flash floods and migrate explosive ordnance into areas which were previously cleared or had not been previously impacted by unexploded ordnance.”