Early on February 6, two earthquakes struck Turkey, the first with a 7.8 magnitude and the second with a 7.5 magnitude. The incident caused widespread destruction in the country and Syria, with an estimated death count of over 3,000 and rising and a reported 14,000 suffering injuries.
Following the news, actors, filmmakers, and artists worldwide responded in support of those affected by the tragedy. Cat Stevens, Kerry Washington, Antonio Banderas, and Mark Ruffalo were among those who showed support for victims of the earthquake on social media:
So sad to see another disaster fall upon the Turkish and Syrian people. Many refugees are in those areas. May God grant ease and security and receive the souls of those killed into eternal peace#Turkiye #Syria #earthquake #Turkey pic.twitter.com/f7sVVg67Ka
— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) February 6, 2023
Dear Lord. So devastating. Praying for everyone in Turkey and Syria. 🙏🏾 Please share info on how to help if you have it. https://t.co/5VG00kN7Yy
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 6, 2023
A solidarity hug to the Turkish and Syrian people. All the encouragement for them because of the tragedy that has struck them over the last few hours.#earthquake #turkey #syria #sismo pic.twitter.com/fn5wqWASC3
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) February 6, 2023
These are the folks doing search and rescue in Turkey if you want to lend a hand. https://t.co/vDhBfuHBnZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 6, 2023
Thinking of the people of #Turkey and #Syria after the catastrophic earthquakes. Devastating.
— Nazanin Boniadi (@NazaninBoniadi) February 6, 2023
I’m speechless and devastated by the destruction and loss of life from two powerful earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The world must do what it can to come to the aid of the many thousands of victims.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 6, 2023
My heart goes out to everyone affected in Turkey and Syria! https://t.co/105TMyTvkI
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) February 6, 2023
To help victims of the earthquake, you can donate to relief organizations, NGOs, and non-profits working on the ground to assist those affected in Turkey and Syria, many of which have set up dedicated relief funds for victims. You can find links or info to donate to these organizations below.
Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM)
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Jewish Federation of North America