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The Turkey/Syria earthquake - not just a new case study!

Vicki Woolven

7th February 2023

As geographers we often find it handy when a natural hazard event takes place during our hazards scheme of work - it can make what you are teaching much more relevant to the students, and obviously there is a wealth of up-to-date resources at your disposal.

However it is important to remember that what happening on the Turkey/Syria border yesterday isn't just your new case study - it is a catastrophic event with a death toll of around 5,000, which is set to rise over the coming days and weeks. It is a devastating earthquake that has hit a region that has been ravaged by war for more than a decade, where people are already living a very difficult existence.

Alistair Hamill has put together this fantastic thread on Twitter this morning that helps explain the nature of this earthquake - it is a must read if you are considering using this example in your classroom over the coming weeks.

Here are a couple of links of NGOs that are currently doing incredible work to help out with the relief effort that you can donate to if you wish...

ShelterBox

Disasters Emergency Committee

Vicki Woolven

Vicki Woolven is Subject Lead for Key Stage 4 Humanities at tutor2u. Vicki previously worked as a Head of Geography and Sociology for many years, leading her department to be one of the GA's first Centres of Excellent, and has been a content writer, senior examiner and local authority Key Practitioner for Humanities.

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