4:17am - 6th of February 2023.
Southern Turkey and northern Syria were hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the first of many large scale earthquakes, which would hit the region later the same day, and for the consecutive weeks and months to follow.
Those initial 80 seconds, the estimated duration of the first of those quakes, destroyed the homes of millions of people, and killed more than 60,000 people across Turkey and Syria.
The immediate aftermath was chaos, survivors tried to locate and rescue loved ones, friends, neighbours. Screams and cries came from buildings, but often ill equipped rescue volunteers were unable to save people, and needed to wait for specialised machines to arrive.
From across Turkey, as soon as news broke, volunteers streamed into the affected southern region. Miners, construction workers, doctors, medics, students, aid workers, and emergency service staff, along with the police and army, began the years long process of locating people, attempting rescues, identifying the dead, and helping to rebuild. International rescue teams soon arrived to the area from the far corners of the world in those first days, the most vital in finding survivors.
This story isn't finished, and the region remains in utter ruins. 2.5 million people remain homeless in Turkey, and the entire country is traumatised.