News Release: Adventist Foundation and ADRA Respond to Earthquake That Rocks Turkey and Greece

(Turkey and Greece) — On October 30, a powerful earthquake struck the Aegean Sea rattling the countries of Turkey and Greece. It was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul. Turkey and Greece are located on or near many active fault lines, where earthquakes are fairly common in the region, according to the US Geological Survey.

Church Responds to Help Turks in Need

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake caused the most damage to Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey with a population of approximately 4.37 million, according to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. As much as 1,120 aftershocks occurred with 43 of them at a magnitude greater than four. According to local sources, more than 100 lives were lost, and more than 900 people were injured.

Photo credit: Shem Aguila/Seventh-day Adventist Foundation

“This latest earthquake is being called the deadliest to hit Izmir this year. A total of 973 buildings collapsed and of those damaged 178 have been evacuated and scheduled to be torn down, and some are still on the verge of falling,” says David Jones, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Foundation. “The government has issued a mandatory order to evacuate apartments that have had cracks in the framework to minimize further casualties.”

The Seventh-day Adventist Foundation teamed up with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to offer ground support.

“ADRA does not have an office in Turkey, but aid was greatly needed so we connected with the Seventh-day Adventist Foundation who was in the country. We agreed to have the foundation work with the local municipality and authorities in Izmir, and help provide food vouchers,” says Mario Oliveira, ADRA’s director for emergency response. ADRA and the Seventh-day Adventist Foundation are also in talks to coordinate needs assessments.