At 4:17 A.M. local time on Monday, February 6, 2023, a massive earthquake shook eastern Turkiye and Western Syria.
The quake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, caused thousands of buildings, including many multi-story residential buildings, to collapse. Tens of thousands of people died as a result, and Christians in Turkiye’s larger cities report being unable to contact their relatives in the earthquake zone. A front-line worker told VOM that one local pastor and his wife, along with their young son, were trapped in a collapsed building. The front-line worker was later told that the couple had died but their young son survived.