Quake ruptures gas pipeline in Türkiye (VIDEOS)
The powerful earthquake that struck southern Türkiye on Monday morning has damaged a natural gas pipeline in the region, state energy company BOTAS has confirmed. Videos circulating online show massive plumes of flame erupting into the air.
The 7.4-magnitude quake has killed scores of people and caused significant damage to civilian and municipal infrastructure, according to Turkish officials.
BOTAS said it has cut supply in the wake of the tremor, but the rupture in the Kilis province is being fed by the gas inside the pipeline.
Videos purportedly shot on the scene show massive plumes of fire rising high into the sky in at least two locations.
🇹🇷#Earthquake in #Turkey.#Hatay: "Natural gas pipelines in Amik plain in Hatay burst with the force of the earthquake. Fire spread to the fields." pic.twitter.com/POyQWaRavS— Lenar (@Lerpc75) February 6, 2023
Footage of an explosion on a gas pipeline in Hatay province. pic.twitter.com/A0eZW9Zb7g— Sprinter'BV (@SprinterBV0000) February 6, 2023
Due to the Earthquake a Gas Pipeline near the City of Kahramanmaraş in Southern Turkey has reportedly Exploded and is burning out of control with Emergency Services completely overwhelmed with Rescue Operations. pic.twitter.com/FnvZ3i1hEp— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) February 6, 2023
The quake hit at around 4am local time in central Türkiye. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 912 people were killed and 5,385 injured.