Satellite images show scale of destruction caused by Turkey earthquake

Satellite images show scale of destruction caused by Turkey earthquake

Thousands of people were killed in Monday s 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the various aftershocks that followed, according to swathes of Turkey and Syria. Hundreds of thousands were left injured in the freezing winter weather without shelter.

More than 8,000 people have been pulled from the debris in Turkey, but it is thought that thousands more are still missing.

Satellite images released by Maxar Technologies give an idea of the scale of the challenge for emergency crews over the coming days. They show in vivid detail the breadth of the destruction that has unfolded in towns, cities and villages across the region.

The roofs of many buildings have completely fallen in in the city of Nurda near the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Other structures have crumbled together.

The images show how white emergency tents and vehicles crowded some of the city's busiest streets in the hours after the quake.

Turkey's disaster management agency has received reports of 11,342 collapsed buildings of which 5,775 had been confirmed. A number of taller buildings collapsed in Nurda when the earthquake hit.

In some of Nurda's busiest areas, the roads were gridlocked with emergency vehicles.

slahiye is located just south of Nurda and is close to the quake's epicentre. The below image shows that some roofs have slipped completely out of buildings.

A large number of buildings have been destroyed in slahiye. Many of the region are going without heat because gas has been cut in order to avoid explosions. Emergency workers are waiting for additional rescue crews to arrive and help in the task of finding loved ones who are buried in the rubble.