Following an earthquake which has killed thousands of people, the National Association of Nigerian Students-Turkey chapter has issued a safety advisory to Nigerian students living in the Middle East country.

The earthquake with magnitude 7.8 on Monday, brought down whole apartment blocks in Turkish cities and piled more devastation on millions of Syrians displaced by years of war.

In the safety advisory which was made available to our correspondent by the NANS-Turkey President, Caleb Olasupo, the student body urged Nigerian students in the country to “stay calm and follow instructions from local authority.”

“Solidarity greeting to all Nigerian students. In light of the recent earthquakes of different magnitude that is occurring in Turkey.

“We would like to remind everyone to prioritise their safety. Please follow any instructions from local authorities and avoid entering any damaged buildings or structures.

Stay informed of any updates and if you are in an affected area, take necessary precautions to ensure your safety,” the advisory read.

According to The Times, earthquakes are not uncommon in Turkey. Most of the country is situated on the Anatolian Plate, which borders two major fault lines: the North Anatolian fault, which stretches across the country from West to East, and the East Anatolian fault, which is in eastern Turkey.

The former has been the site of several disastrous earthquakes, according to the Geological Society of London, including the 1939 earthquake in northeastern Turkey that resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people.



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