EARTHQUAKES

US on standby to aid Turkey and Syria after earthquake

Feb 6, 2023, 3:00 PM

people are pictured searching for others in the rubble following the earthquake in turkey and syria...

Men search for people among the debris in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful quake has knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

SALT LAKE CITY — Following the deadly earthquake that killed thousands of people in Turkey and Syria Monday morning, the U.S. is ready to offer help. One program manager at the Utah Task Force One branch said it is on standby.

If the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, activates Task Force One, the U.S. would send troops to respond to the emergency. Bryan Case, program manager for Utah Task Force One said “this is exactly the type of work that these federal disaster relief teams here are designed to do.”

Many are still trapped amongst the rubble after the earthquake in Turkey and Syria due to collapsed or compromised buildings in urban areas.

Case said he doesn’t expect his Utah Task Force One branch to be deployed, but they are watching the situation closely.

According to Case, the U.S. International Task Force One would primarily aid in search-and-rescue efforts but may extend to other forms of aid in the future.

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