Your Tuesday Briefing: A Devastating Quake

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria are digging through rubble to search for survivors of the powerful earthquake. collapsed thousands of buildings and killed more than 3,000 people.

This is yet another humanitarian disaster in a region already ravaged by war, a refugee crisis and deep economic hardship. This is live updatesOne Detailed damage map and some pictures and videos show the consequences.

An initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest felt in Turkey since 1939, struck before dawn on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake, roughly as powerful as the first, shook the area again, complicating rescue efforts and leaving millions of people dead. live in a terrifying earthquake.

The epicenter was near the city of Gaziantep in south-central Turkey, where more than 1,650 people were killed.

In Syria, a country ravaged by civil war, the scene is devastated feels so familiar. One of the areas hardest hit is northwest Syriais controlled by the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition and is home to some 4.2 million people, more than half of whom have been displaced by the war.

Governments around the world responded to Turkey’s request for support, deploying rescue team and provide aid. Syria asks for help from Israel, a sworn enemy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authority send aid to Syria as well as Turkey.

Loss of culture: Gaziantep Castle, built as a watchtower during the Roman period, badly damaged.

Turkish politics: With an election looming, the quake was a major test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has response to forest fires in 2021 is heavily criticized.

China says one of its other balloons flew over Latin America and the Caribbean, three days after it was detected by Colombian air defenses. As for the balloon’s flight over the US, China said it was for civilian purposes and that it had “deviated far from the planned route”.

The Colombian Air Force said it tracked the object and that it posed no threat to national security. But in the event that a hot air balloon skidded across the United States and was shot down on Saturday, yes are questions about China’s intentions.

The balloon mistakenly suggests that control within the government of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his security apparatus may not be as orderly as Beijing envisions. Questions about Xi’s judgment as well as those of his military and intelligence agencies now cloud assessments of how China will handle another crisis in a much more dangerous context. such as for Taiwan.

Quote: “What is particularly damaging to China, both domestically and internationally, are questions about competence and how they reinforce suspicions about China,” said a former Clinton administration official. leadership of Xi Jinping”.

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For six decades, climate scientists have been measuring greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere from a facility atop Mauna Loa, a volcano in Hawaii. That research fell into crisis when Mauna Loa erupted in November. The solution? Move activity to Mauna Kea, the next volcano to end.

Life lived: Bob Born brought marshmallows called Peeps to American Easter baskets, starting a pop culture phenomenon. He died at the age of 98.

Nairobi’s first library opened in 1931 — to white patrons only. The city, a rapidly growing capital of more than four million inhabitants, still has few well-funded bookstores or libraries. Urban planners argue that colonial systems continue to shape public infrastructure and unequal access across social classes. Along with restoring buildings, the nonprofit aims to include more books in African languages ​​and incorporate services that cater to people with disabilities.

Joyce Nyairo, a Kenyan academic, said restored libraries can be “a great equalizer”.

In Brazil: The newly elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has promised “more books instead of guns” as part of his once unlikely political return. Can he deliver?


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